Italian Hub Committees Outreach

Planets in a Room

“Planets in a room” is a low cost version of a small, spherical projector that teachers, planetary scientists, museums and other individuals can easily build and use on their own to show and teach the planets. Initially funded by the Europlanet Outreach Funding Scheme and developed by the italian non-profit association Speak Science in collaboration with INAF-IAPS of Rome and the Roma Tre University, it is now being distributed through its dedicated website to the outreach community. New educational projects and contents are under development.

Terra chiama Marte!

An educational path in 5 video lessons created by Edu INAF in collaboration with Europlanet as part of the Europlanet 2024 RI project. Intended for 10-14 year olds, its purpose is to provide an overview of the planet Mars, describing its main chemical and physical properties and linking them to the ability of the planet, present and past, to host life.
The individual teaching resources are accompanied by a power-point that can be easily used in the classroom, by video-experiments and parallels with extreme environments of the Earth, today considered real laboratories to study closely the properties of the red planet.
Click here to discover it. Here for the first english resource.

Afar Desert Class

SPACE ossia “Speaking Planet to Teachers Community in Ethiopia” è un progetto che nasce nel 2013 con il supporto di Europlanet 2020-RI, per coinvolgere in prima persona i tanti bambini e ragazzi che Barbara Cavalazzi, ricercatrice e geologa dell’Alma Mater Studiorum – Università di Bologna, ha incontrato nel corso di diverse campagne geologiche nel deserto di Danakil, in Etiopia, possibile analogo terrestre per lo studio di Marte. Barbara si occupa infatti di ambienti estremi e forme di vita estremofile e attraverso SPACE cerca di collaborare con le comunità locali dando vita a corsi di formazione per insegnanti e realizzando progetti e corsi in ambiente scolastico. Un modo, questo, per creare occasioni di sviluppo partendo dai bambini. Attraverso la Afar Desert Class, un’escursione didattica nel sito del campo planetario di Dallol, arrivata alla seconda edizione, non solo bambini e ragazzi, ma l’intera comunità, scoprono sul campo l’unicità del luogo in cui vivono e imparano ad averne cura e proteggerlo.

Italy Hub Outreach News and Features from the Europlanet Society

Inspiring Stories – #PlanetaryScience4All: A Video Contest for Virtual Science Communication
Inspiring Stories – Outreach activities in a European project like PLANMAP
Il Cielo in salotto: superLuna!
Join our SuperLuna! Observing Challenge
The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn: the Italian eye
Inspiring stories – Back home, back in time

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