GalileoMobile is a non-profit, itinerant, science-education initiative that brings astronomy closer to young people in areas with little or no access to outreach programmes. We perform astronomy-related activities in the schools and communities we visit, and encourage follow-up activities through teacher-training workshops and the donation of telescopes and other educational resources. Find out more from our blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Vimeo and YouTube.
Since its creation in 2008, GalileoMobile has embarked on five expeditions to a total of seven countries: Chile, Bolivia and Peru (2009), Bolivia (2012), India (2012), Uganda (2013), Brazil and Bolivia (2014), and Colombia (2014), as well as extended actions in Portugal, Nepal, the United States, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Guatemala. We have reached over 12,430 pupils and 1,300 teachers, and our efforts and activities have been shared with the public in over 40 conferences and 20 screenings and talks, including a TEDx talk. In 2014, GalileoMobile was an invited speaker at the 52nd COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space) meeting organised by the United Nations in Vienna.
GalileoMobile is an unprecedented initiative, promoting science knowledge through astronomy, raising awareness of cultural diversity, and spreading the message of “unity under one sky”.
With Constellation, GalileoMobile aims to establish a South American network of schools committed to the long-term organisation of astronomical outreach activities amongst their pupils and local communities.
We are aiming to transform the schools in the Constellation network into ‘science lighthouses’ in areas which have no access to alternative science-outreach programmes. These schools can then regularly involve students and the local community in astronomy-related activities and sky observations for years to come.
The project will involve twenty schools in six countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru), directly reaching at least 100 teachers and 6,000 pupils. Thanks to the long-term sustainability of the project, even more pupils will benefit through events organised independently by the schools. The network can also be easily expanded to include more schools through future GalileoMobile expeditions.
- To inspire young people living in remote areas through astronomy, and to instill in them a life-long passion for learning.
- To provide their teachers with the tools and knowledge required to continue running science education programmes independently for years to come.
- To demonstrate to young people the power of critical thinking, so that they can apply these skills in their daily lives.
- To promote cultural understanding and interaction across borders, by enabling young people from diverse communities to exchange both scientific and cultural ideas about the cosmos.