Astronomy Outreach And Mobile Libraries. Bringing Science To New Audience And New Audience To Books

Special topic: Astronomy Education Beyond the Classroom
5th Shaw-IAU Workshop
Wednesday Nov. 29, 2023
UTC: 3:55 p.m. - 4:10 p.m.
Thursday Nov. 30, 2023
UTC: 2:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

During the last edition of Festival de la Astronomía TRIBU some Astronomy experiences were accompanied by a mobile library. Quantitative and qualitative results are shared. The importance of reaching new places to capture new audiences is analyzed, as well as the importance of using a simple and friendly approach with non-experts in science. At the end, the comments received from the public are shared about the aspects that most caught their attention. We found that bringing new experiences to places, specially in rural areas takes the attention of a lot of people because these experiences are really not common in Mexico and also because stargazing is naturally attractive among people.

About Cuauhtemoc Mendez

Cuauhtemoc Mendez is a professor of Astronomy at Tec de Monterrey Guadalajara campus. He has a master´s degree in Education from the same university. He developed the Astronomy course and during the pandemic he transmitted it to nine campuses simultaneously. He is part of TRIBU cultura astronómica an NGO for Astronomy outreach in a public way. Currently, he accompanies his work as a teacher with the training of municipal governments for the development of Astrotourism in Mexico.