Under the same sky
GalileoMobile is a purely non-profit project. It is a traveling science education project that brings astronomy closer to young people around the world, and mainly across regions that have little or no access to outreach programs. By organizing astronomy-related activities in schools and villages, we aim at fostering a will of learning through the exciting wonders of our Universe. For this we provide the places we visit with educational material (see Activities) as well as on-going support, so that educators can pursue astronomy activities after our visits.
The GalileoMobile project was initiated in late 2008 by a team of astronomers and educators inspired by the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009) and was designated as a Special Project within the IYA2009 framework. Today, GalileoMobile has been established to continue the efforts undertaken during the IYA2009 and plans future expeditions, being supported by “Universe Awareness” (UNAWE). GalileoMobile also cooperates closely with the “Galileo Teacher Training Programme” (GTTP) and the “Office of Astronomy for Development” (OAD) set up in 2011 by the International Astronomical Union (IAU).
The first expedition was during the IYA2009. We did a two-month trip in the Andean Altiplano (read about it here) that was captured in a documentary movie for a worldwide audience. This movie conveys a message of interaction beyond borders, of unity "under the same sky", while showing the richness of the Andean cultures and cosmo-visions. Read more about our documentary here. As of today we have carried out other shorter expeditions that you can read about in our section Trips.
The teaching material we employ is compiled in a handbook called "Cartilla de Actividades GalileoMobile" that includes the instructions for hands-on activities and the explanation of the physical phenomena studied in each of them. Our handbook of activities is available for free download in Links.