Experts meet to promote the diffusion of science through astronomy / Expertos se reúnen para promover la difusión de la ciencia a través de la astronomía

By CRISTIÁN GONZÁLEZ S. in The Mercury (Life-Science-Technology, A10)

Representatives of specialized agencies participating this week in a meeting that seeks to generate links and teaching methods, both university and school level.

The clearest skies of Chile yesterday were covered with clouds, and a steady rain welcomed the participants of the First Chilean-American Summit Dissemination of Astronomy Education.

An event over seven days together in San Pedro de Atacama, La Serena and Santiago, about 40 experts in the field, who will discuss the design of integration programs and dissemination of various disciplines through astronomy.

One issue that is no stranger to the country: in the coming years , Chile will in its territory with some of the largest observatories worldwide. Projects that will enhance the already outstanding National Astronomical panorama and consolidate the country’s leading position in this field.

A reality that expert judgment is an opportunity to go beyond the large telescopes and promote education in science and technology, both formally and informally.

“As advances in astronomy Chile, educational opportunities for students will also grow,” said Dr. Eduardo Hardy, director of Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) in Chile, one of the organizers of the summit, alongside the Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Carnegie Institution for Science; US Embassy in Chile and Conicyt, and support from the Image Foundation of Chile.

The experts based on the assumption that integration of astronomy into school curricula can lead a child to be interested in a career in science-related fields, technology, engineering and mathematics.

In the event representatives of specialized agencies involved in education and public outreach in astronomy, such as universities, cultural centers and educational institutions.

It also has the presence of the directors of astronomical facilities key to our country.

In fact, most meetings include visits to ALMA, the Observatory Cerro Tololo and Gemini-South telescope, also touring the place where the future LSST will be installed.

“Chile has the best skies in the world for research and development of astronomy: 2018 our country concentrate 68% of the capacity of observation, which certainly strengthens us as a world power in this topic and challenges us to plan future strategies to bring astronomy to all Chileans, “said Myriam Gómez, executive director of the Image Foundation of Chile.

In this context, during the meetings will discuss best practices and ways to bring astronomy and science to students and the general public.

Expertos se reúnen para promover la difusión de la ciencia a través de la astronomía

Representantes de organismos especializados participan durante esta semana en un encuentro que busca generar vínculos y métodos de enseñanza, tanto a nivel universitario como escolar.

Los cielos más claros de Chile ayer estaban cubiertos de nubes, y una persistente lluvia dio la bienvenida a los participantes de la Primera Cumbre Chileno-Estadounidense de Difusión de la Educación en Astronomía.

Un evento que a lo largo de siete días reúne, en San Pedro de Atacama, La Serena y Santiago, a alrededor de 40 expertos en el tema, quienes discutirán el diseño de programas de integración y difusión de diversas disciplinas a través de la astronomía.

Un tema que no es ajeno al país: en los próximos años, Chile contará en su territorio con algunos de los más grandes observatorios a nivel mundial. Proyectos que potenciarán el ya destacado panorama astronómico nacional y que consolidarán la posición de líder del país en esta materia.

Una realidad que a juicio de los expertos supone una oportunidad de ir más allá de los grandes telescopios y potenciar la educación en ciencia y tecnología, tanto a nivel formal como informal.

“A medida que la astronomía avanza en Chile, las oportunidades de educación para los estudiantes crecerán también”, dijo el doctor Eduardo Hardy, director de Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI) en Chile, una de las entidades organizadoras de esta cumbre, junto a la Associated Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), Institución Carnegie para la Ciencia; la Embajada de EE.UU. en Chile y Conicyt, además del apoyo de la Fundación Imagen de Chile.

Los expertos parten de la base de que la integración de la astronomía en los programas escolares puede llevar a un niño a interesarse por una carrera en campos relacionados con la ciencia, la tecnología, la ingeniería y las matemáticas.

En el evento participan representantes de organismos especializados en la educación y difusión pública de la astronomía, como universidades, centros culturales y establecimientos educacionales.

Asimismo, cuenta con la presencia de los directores de instalaciones astronómicas clave en nuestro país.

De hecho, parte de las reuniones incluyen visitas al observatorio ALMA, al Observatorio de Cerro Tololo y al telescopio Gemini-Sur, además de recorrer el lugar donde se instalará el futuro telescopio LSST.

“Chile tiene los mejores cielos del mundo para la investigación y desarrollo de la astronomía: para 2018 nuestro país concentrará un 68% de la capacidad de observación, lo que sin duda nos consolida como potencia mundial en este tema y nos desafía a planear estrategias de futuro con el fin de acercar la astronomía a todos los chilenos”, señaló Myriam Gómez, directora ejecutiva de la Fundación Imagen de Chile.

En ese contexto, durante las reuniones se discutirán buenas prácticas y formas de acercar la astronomía y las ciencias a los estudiantes y al público en general.

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