Promoting Astronomy Education In Schools: 20 Years’ Practice In China

Astronomy in schools: how do you get your administration and your ministry to listen?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 9:25 a.m.-9:35 a.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 6:25 p.m.-6:35 p.m.

Shortly after I came to Beijing Planetarium as its curator in 2002 from National Astronomical Observatories, I realized that the 1 million visits every year to the Planetarium is far beyond sufficient comparing to the 20+ million population even in the city itself. It is obvious that making astronomy one of the courses within normal school curriculum like language and math would be a fundamental solution to have everyone enjoy the wonderful and beauty of astronomy and universe. With supports from the Popularization Working Committee of Chinese Astronomical Society and other organizations, we made different efforts with national or local projects and activities, as well as contacting administration in different levels. Some results and lessons from the 20 years’ practice are summarized.

About Zhu Jin

Jin Zhu is a research professor in Beijing Planetarium, and the chief editor of 'Amateur Astronomer' magazine from 2002. After he got Ph. D. in astronomy at Nanjing University in 1991, he worked in the National Astronomical Observatories of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Apart from his professional research interest in the field of small bodies in Solar System (mainly for asteroids and meteors) and his personal interest in observation of artificial satellites as an amateur astronomer, he also spent great efforts in astronomy outreach, education, and communication with public and media. He is the director of Astronomy Popularization Working Committee of the Chinese Astronomical Society and a Board Member of International Planetarium Society.