Astronomy Teaching Through Astrcamps, Crafting, And Diy Astronomy Projects

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 11:45 a.m. - noon
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 7:15 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In Egypt, Astronomy is neither a fundamental subject nor part of a science subject for most school years. So finding new ways to disseminate astronomy knowledge to students becomes mandatory. In this talk, I’ll present the experience of teaching astronomy outside schools. Me and my colleagues through our work in our institute conducted a lot of Astrcamps, to Kottamia Observatory, the Nature reserves, deserts, and even youth clubs, We had programs dedicated to different ages. We had many workshops with Crafting, and DIY Astronomy Projects to promote astronomy, These activities got the attention of students ages 5 to 12 especially. Also, we have been presented at the Cairo International book fair yearly since 2017 to introduce astronomy to the public and announce our activities.

About Ola Ali

Ola Ali has been an assistant researcher at Galaxy Laboratory, Astronomy Department, National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Helwan, Egypt since 2013. She previously completed her bachelor's degree in Astronomy at the faculty of science, at Cairo University. Right now she is pursuing a master's degree in the field of open star clusters, She is a member of NAECs Egypt and OAE Center Egypt. She is an activist in Astronomy outreach.