Eight years after IYA2009: a successful project of Outreach and Astronomy Education on selected countryside towns in Mexico
Departamento de Astronomía, Universidad de Guanajuato. Apdo. Postal 144, Guanajuato 36000. México
2 División de Derecho, Política y Gobierno, Universidad de Guanajuato. Lascurain de Retana 5, Guanajuato 36000. México
3 Departamento de Ingeniería Geomática e Hidráulica. Universidad de Guanajuato. Lascurain de Retana 5, Guanajuato 36000. México
4 Universidad de Guanajuato. Lascurain de Retana 5, Guanajuato 36000. México
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Published online: 1 February 2019
We present the main results of a multidisciplinary project on education and outreach in Guanajuato (Mexico). This collaboration was initiated in the International Year of Astronomy (IYA09, IAU-UNESCO, 2009) and is led by a team including astronomers, sociologists and environment biologists. The Astronomy activities had their origin at the Public Observatory of Universidad de Guanajuato, where an outreach program was dedicated to young students, teachers and the general public. Thanks to the many activities linked to IYA09, the astronomers joined with a group of sociologists working on the development of rural zones of the Mexican State of Guanajuato. This region undergoes a high rate of migration towards the USA. Working together, our goals were enlarged, having important results on different aspects like social development, environment recovering and education. Astronomy plays a central role within this project, mainly through activities like stargazing, science games for young public, Astronomy courses for teachers, and talks for a wide audience.
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