The IAU OAE National Astronomy Education Coordinator team for Chile

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Angie Barr Domínguez
Dr Angie Barr Domínguez
Team Chair, NAEC team - Chile
Universidad Autónoma de Chile

Angie Barr Domínguez obtained her PhD in Astrophysics at the Rühr-Universität Bochum, Germany in 2014. She is currently Associate Professor of the Faculty of Engineering at the Universidad Autonoma de Chile, campus Temuco, where she has been a lecturer of physics and mathematics courses for engineering students since 2018.
She has vast experience teaching at universities in the areas of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy. She have made two courses for methodology in University Education and one course in Engineering Pedagogy, focused in methodology competences to implement active- participative pedagogical tools to improve the quality of studying learning.
Currently she is working in collaboration with Inclusive Astronomy projects to develop electronic devices that transform the intensity and frequency of optical light (color) into different notes. These devices are called Lightsound and Orchestar, and permit to enjoy and teach Astronomy with sounds.
Lines of Interest: High-Mass Eclipsing Binary Stars, Astrotourism, Inclusive Astronomy, Education Astronomy Research.
Member of the Chilean Astronomy Society (SOCHIAS)
Member of RedI Chile (Network of Researchers)
Member of the Committee Gemini-ANID Chile

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Maritza Arias Manríquez
Prof Maritza Arias Manríquez
Team Contact Person, NAEC team - Chile
Colegio Leonardo da Vinci Vicuña

Maritza studied Pedagogy in Mathematics at the Universidad de Concepción and has worked as a Mathematics teacher for 17 years . She is currently the teacher in charge of the Astronomy Academy and the Astronomy Elective Workshops at the Leonardo da Vinci School in Vicuña, located in the Elqui Valley, Coquimbo Region, Chile.

She has a postgraduate degree in Observational Astronomy from the International University of Valencia Spain and a Diploma in General Astronomy from the Andrés Bello University in Chile. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in astronomy. She also holds a certification in Didactics of Astronomy, which she obtained thanks to a scholarship granted by the University of Heidelberg in Germany.

She is the founder and director of the astronomical science outreach group called Comunidad Astronómica Aficionada Chilena CAACh (Chilean Amateur Astronomical Community). She is part of the team of Chilean teachers that make up the project "Astronomía Educativa Chile", in which she conducts periodic workshops and also shares activities and experiences with other astronomy teachers from all over Chile. He collaborates in the educational programs UNAWE, NASE and ROAD Andino of the OAD/IAU. Lecturer in more than 40 occasions in congresses, summits, seminars and meetings of scientific and astronomical education in Chile.

She has been awarded the "Estrella Bicentenario" prize for astronomical popularization, "AURA-Padre Picetti" for scientific-astronomical education and the Global Teacher Prize Chile for his project "Mathematics applied to Astronomy for Education".

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Hugo Caerols
Prof Hugo Caerols
Team Member, NAEC team - Chile
Universidad Adolfo Ibañez

Hugo Caerols obtained his Doctorate in Exact Sciences with a mention in Mathematics from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2000. He is currently Associate Professor of the Faculty of Engineering and Sciences of the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, where he has been a lecturer of the mathematics courses for engineering students since 2003.
Amateur astronomer with more than 20 years of experience, he created the extra-curricular course in astronomical observation which then motivated and lead his students to create the Group for Astronomical Observation at the University. One of his recent published works has been in the field of combining astronomical observations with the education of mathematics using modern technological tools. He is also an active member the chilean Mathematics Olympics Chilean team since 2009 and a frequent guest as a speaker at training sessions for teachers of mathematics at the school level and a permanent collaborator of the Chilean Mathematics Society.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Carla Hernández
Dr Carla Hernández
Team Member, NAEC team - Chile
Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Physics teacher for the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile, and obtained her Doctorate in Sciences Education from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, España in 2011. She is currently Assistant Professor in Physics Department of the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, and director of outreach and community relations. She has teaching experience in secondary schools and universities, researching the impact of active learning in physics on student knowledge, teacher training, and gender gaps. On these topics, she has been director and co-researcher of various projects with numerous publications in indexed journals, giving more than eighty talks at national and international events. In 2013 she was co-founder of the Chilean Society of Physical Education (SOCHEF) and assumed as its first president. Since then, she has participated in the organization and scientific committee of various physics and astronomy education meetings. Recently she has coordinated the citizen science initiative "Hago Ciencia" (similar with "I do Science" in english), promoted during the solar eclipse of 2019 in Chile with the aim of encouraging people from all over the country to participate in a massive research project, to investigate the effects of the solar eclipse on the GPS signal.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

Daphnea Iturra Roa
Daphnea Iturra Roa
Team Member, NAEC team - Chile
Universidad de la Santísima Concepción

I am an astronomer and collaborator of the Fundación Chilena de Astronomía, as well as an academic of the University Católica de la Santísima Conepción in the city of Concepción.
During and after my studies, I have sought, learnt and put into practice new teaching strategies and effective methods to transmit knowledge, as I faithfully believe in education as an essential tool for social transformation and the development of a country. In Chile’s case, this is a fundamental challenge to overcome. It requires strengthening the connection of all sciences and humanities with people and society, with their concerns and hopes, in order to better understand our reality and seek answers to our problems and challenges.
My present and future intentions are to promote collaborative work between teachers and scientists, creating workshops focused on the topics that are addressed during the school year and using Astronomy as the main driving force, specifically in science subjects. On the other hand, I aspire to strengthen learning by inquiry in girls and boys: a dynamic process that, starting from astonishment and the generation of questions, goes towards investigation and discovery, to advance in the knowledge and understanding of the world, as well as to new questions.

Appointed as NAEC until: Aug. 1, 2024

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Astronomy Education in Chile

For more information on Astronomy Education in Chile, see the Astronomy Education in Chile document (PDF file 461.90 kB Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) icons) prepared by our NAEC team