Spazio Allo Spazio: An Educational Project Promoting Connection And Inclusion Through Sky And Space

Teaching astronomy as part of other subjects in secondary schools – astronomy as a “gateway science”
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 8:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 17, 2022
UTC: 10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Spazio allo Spazio (SaS) is an interdisciplinary educational project launched in 2010 by Lower Secondary School “E. Fermi” in Villasanta, Italy. At its core lies the strong belief that space exploration and sky observations can promote the active and inclusive involvement of students, making them protagonists of their own learning. Stargazing connects people and cultures of different countries and epochs, constituting a significant part of our common heritage; the astronauts must acquire new skills to control a challenging and unpredictable context in space, just like a disabled person in everyday life. The talk will explain how SaS addresses these topics from the point of view of teachers (mostly not of scientific school subjects), researchers of several institutions, and students too.

About Andrea Ettore Bernagozzi

Andrea Bernagozzi is a researcher at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley (OAVdA), Italy. Graduated in Physics at the University of Milan, he subsequently obtained a Master in Science Communication at the International School of Advanced Studies (SISSA) in Trieste and a PhD in Earth Sciences Didactics at the University of Camerino. Author and co-author of several scientific papers on peer-reviewed journals, for his articles published in popular magazines he won the “Piero Piazzano” Journalism Award in 2008. Associated with the Italian National Institute of Astrophysics (INAF) and the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT), he is an active member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

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