GalileoMobile: Between the stars and Bacatá

“And behold, a star that shines for prisoners

lo, a star leads me

from a hilltop called Bogota

the city adorned by clouds...”

(Philippe Soupault, Ode to Bogotá)
 

GalileoMobile is going to Colombia!

Only a month after completing BraBo, an expedition that reached thousands of people across Brasil and Bolivia, we are proud to announce our next adventure, "GalileoMobile: between the stars and Bacatá". The name "Bacatá" of contemporary Bogota comes from the Chibcha language of the Muisca, an indigenous civilization of Colombia's Eastern Range highlands.

In what will be GalileoMobile's first visit to Colombia, from October 13th to 31st we will visit five schools in the area of Bogotá. As always, we will observethe sky and perform science experiments with young people and their teachers, focusing on exchanging ideas and views about the sky. 

We will visit each school twice, once in the first week and once in the third week of our stay.  In our first visit we will introduce the project and explore some basic astronomical concepts.  The pupils will then have one week before our second visit to observe the sky and continue the experiments with their teachers.  This will help them internalize concepts, reflect on what we have talked about and have plenty of questions for our second visit!

 

In the intervening week, we are participating in a large outreach event organized by the Bogota Planetarium, in which GalileoMobile members will give science talks for the public on the subject of life in the Universe, as well. As part of the same event, we will organize teacher training workshops with over 100 participants.
 
GalileoMobile is on the road once more.  And we just can't wait to be between Bacatá and the stars!

Acknowledgments:

  • Adriana García 
  • Germán Chaparro Molano 
  • Mauricio Giraldo
  • Alexander Bonilla
  • Sam Geen
  • Sonia Martinez Parra
  • Jonathan Bernal
  • Paola Castaño
  • Wilmar Fajardo
  • Edison Ramirez
  • Gustavo Durán
  • Saida Diaz
  • Cesar Orlando Martinez
  • Jaime Forero

 

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