European Association for Astronomy Education

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European Association for Astronomy Education
European Association for Astronomy Education (logo).gif
EAAE Logo
Formation 1995
Type Astronomy Education Organization
Membership teachers from 26 European countries
Website [1]

The European Association for Astronomy Education, EAAE,[1] is a non-profit European organization for the promotion of science education in general, and of astronomy in particular.[2]

The Organization was founded on November 25, 1995, in Athens, as a result of the Declaration of the EU/ESO workshop on Teaching of Astronomy in Europe's Secondary Schools that was held at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) Headquarters in Garching in November 1994.[3]

Structure[edit]

The Association has a General Assembly for strategic decisions, and an Executive Council as the operational management. There are also National Representatives with a role on promoting the EAAE and its activities in their countries.[4][5]

Working Groups[edit]

International activities are, promoted through the activity of three Working Groups.[6]

Working Group 1, Collaborative Projects, intends to promote collaborative work between teachers and students of different countries by creating specific science project activities for schools.:[7]

Working Group 2, Catch a Star, promotes school research projects about astronomical objects through a contest, "Catch a Star".[8][9] The previous contests have been organized as a joint venture with the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

Working Group 3, Summer Schools, promotes teacher training about Astronomy Education. It provides an opportunity for teachers to learn about simple educational materials for their classes.:[10]

Partnerships[edit]

The EAAE has had a long term collaboration with the European Southern Observatory (ESO),in many projects, including "Astronomy On-Line"[11] or "Catch a Star" [12] and has also collaborated with the European Space Agency (ESA) and with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) on the organization of Physics on Stage and Science on Stage.[13] Like most major organizations, since 2009 the EAAE has grown in social network and has now mirrors of the "EAAE News" [14] on Facebook,[15] Twitter [16] and Portal to the Universe.[17] The EAAE has also collaborations with The European Planetarium Network (EuroPlaNet) and with the Euro-Asian Association of Teachers of Astronomy (EAATA).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ European Association for Astronomy Education, EAAE
  2. ^ Reichen, M. (2006). The European Association for Astronomy Education (Abstract),JAAVSO Volume 35,p.255 (PDF)
  3. ^ Declaration of the EU/ESO workshop 1994
  4. ^ European Association for Astronomy Education Homepage
  5. ^ EAAE National Representatives
  6. ^ General Assembly, Madrid, 2009
  7. ^ Working Group 1-Collaborative Projects
  8. ^ Working Group 2-Catch a Star
  9. ^ "Catch a Star Project"
  10. ^ Working Group 3-Teacher Summer Schools
  11. ^ West, R.(2006). The “Astronomy On-Line” Project (Abstract),JAAVSO Volume 35,p.256 (PDF)
  12. ^ "Catch a Star Project"
  13. ^ Science on Stage Project Partners Page
  14. ^ EAAE News blog
  15. ^ EAAE News on Facebook
  16. ^ EAAE News on Twitter
  17. ^ EAAE News on Portal to the Universe

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