Astronomy As A Tool To Improve High-School Scientific Education In Peru

Astronomy in schools: how do you get your administration and your ministry to listen?
4th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Tuesday Nov. 15, 2022
UTC: 9:55 a.m.-10:05 a.m.
Wednesday Nov. 16, 2022
UTC: 6:55 p.m.-7:05 p.m.

I will present the CosmoAmautas project, a teacher training program which aims at using Astronomy to improve the scientific education in high-schools and equality of opportunities in Peru. We have implemented a virtual education model for teacher training and a national network of student Astronomy Clubs, as stepping stones towards achieving the integration of astronomy in the national education plan. I will describe the development of an Astronomy curriculum tailored to the national curriculum and the set of original enquiry-based learning activities across most subfields in Astronomy. Finally, I will discuss the relevance of online classroom material and introduce a platform of open-access Astronomy educational videogames, available for the international community.

About Gabriella Calistro Rivera

Gabriela Calistro Rivera is a postdoctoral research Fellow at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Garching, Germany. She previously completed her bachelor and masters studies at the Heidelberg University and PhD at the Leiden Observatory. Her research interest include galaxy and black hole evolution, radio and sub-mm astronomy and inquiry-based learning methods for astronomy education.