Doing It without Electrons: Innovative Resources for Promoting Astronomy and Science in a Developing Country

  • C. Rijsdijk
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 290)


Astronomy is the ideal vehicle to promote science: it is uncontentious and generates a wonder in all. In addition, the sky is a resource that is available and accessible to everyone, during both day and night, for free! However many people in South Africa, especially in rural areas, do not have access to the computer technology that is available to exploit the educational resources on the Internet. As result the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) has developed a wide range of tactile, pedagogical resources to overcome this problem using cheap and readily available materials. These have been used successfully for some years as teaching aids and have been an integral part of the “Starbus” project: the SAAO mobile outreach project.


Science Teacher South African Astronomical Community South African School South African Youth 
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  • C. Rijsdijk
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  1. 1.South African Astronomical Observatory, ObservatorySouth Africa

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