The Office of Astronomy for Development, through its projects, partners, and collaborators, develops a number of resources useful for astronomy education, outreach, and astronomy-for development. We also share here useful resources from our sister Offices, Regional Offices, and Partners.
OAD Project Resources
Each OAD project has tried to impact on sustainable development in various ways, applying astronomy to respond to local conditions and requirements. Projects have also encountered challenges unique to their region all of which are documented in reports. We believe the resources created by these projects, such as educational materials for schools, university lecture presentations and videos, tactile resources, project reports etc., will be beneficial to others who want to run astronomy outreach or education or for-development projects.
Astronomy and COVID-19
Not only medical and health related sciences, even fields such as astronomy and a number of other fields unrelated to infectious diseases are stepping up to play a role in the fight against COVID-19. This section compiles information on various ways in which astronomy and its community is helping tackle issues worsened by COVID-19. The OAD issued an extraordinary call for proposals in 2020 to assist communities deal with the impact of COVID by employing astronomy in some way.
Space Awareness Project
The OAD was a partner in the EU Space Awareness project which strives to inform children and young adults about current research and issues related to space sciences and the numerous career opportunities offered by space, and to show them that space science can be fun and inspiring. Educators can benefit immensely from the project by taking advantage of the large array of free, high-quality resources that are easily adaptable to different disciplines and countries.
School-level astronomy education resources from the IAU Office of Astronomy for Education.
Astronomy Outreach & Communication
Astronomy outreach, engagement, and communication resources from the IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach.