In addition to running workshops within remote and island schools, another important aspect of the AfRIS project is for the mobile team to run FREE science/astronomy events for parents and members of the surrounding community. Whether it be an observing session, science exhibition or open presentation, we would be delighted to spend some time sharing our excitement of the cosmos with the host community.
When schools decide to book a visit from the AfRIS team, and where the opportunity exists, we will work with them to organise an astronomy-themed educational event within the local vicinity. It would be for the school and host community to agree on content and format, but the following are a few suggestions to get you started:
- After-dark observing session using the modern telescope we carry.
- An “Introduction to Astronomy” evening workshop.
- Science exhibition partly run by the local school children.
- Observing with professional telescopes.
- Talk on a topical field of astronomical research.
- Advice session on creating a dark sky park.
- Citizen science resources and opportunities.
It’s also worth mentioning that if your remote/island community is planning its own science event of festival in the next two years, then please feel free to get in touch to see whether we can help out in any way. If you have a school in the area, then please contact them first and aim to coordinate any subsequent request for a visit from our outreach team.