Closer To The Sky: Co-Creating Astronomical Knowledge In A Favela Of Rio De Janeiro

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 8:20 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 12:50 p.m. - 1 p.m.

The Closer to the Sky initiative fosters astronomy awareness within Brazilian "favelas." It harnesses astronomy's potential to uplift underprivileged children. Since 2022, educational sessions occur at the communal "Ninho das Águias" library, built by Pavão-Pavãozinho residents in Rio's PPG complex on a former landfill. The project, offers physics experiments and interactive games, aiming to propel youth growth through captivating astronomy. This outreach fosters inclusion, valuing community knowledge. It provides support and protection for PPG's children, nurturing their well-being.

About Maria Clara Heringer Lourenco

Maria Clara is an 23-year-old undergraduate astronomy student at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. She works with kids in social vulnerability at Rio de Janeiro, making astronomy as a tool for social and emociontal development of this kids.