Picture this: The local army headquarters offers their facility for one hundred children to launch their recently built rockets. Or this: your science staff travelling into remote fisher towns to talk to families and teach them about the effect of the moon over the tides, or going into the country side and replying to people’s questions about the 2012 myths. Well, this is what Viaje al Universo is all about.
Gemini Observatory in Chile has merged their astronomers and science staff along with the community and has tied efforts with the local municipality, universities and the board of tourism in order to impact on families by bringing information that is scientific, updated and fun. All of these elements are combined to create an educationally focused, event/fun-filled week during the annual Viaje al Universo which is an adaptation from the Journey Through the Universe program that has been successfully done in Hilo, Hawaii Gemini North’s outreach office for the last 5 years.
Viaje al Universo program is a flagship of the Gemini South public education/outreach initiative involving a broad cross-section of the local Chilean astronomical community, the public, the educators, businesses, local government officials and thousands of local students.
The program includes science staff talks, portable planetarium shows, rocket launching workshops, story telling in the local libraries, and Stargazing parties, all activities free of charge.
Due to the successful history of Viaje del Universo, the program is expected to continue and grow in new and innovative directions that will keep the program fresh and relevant to the future.
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Viaje al universo or how to involve scientific staff into your community to share the wonders of the universe

Antonieta Garcia   Gemini Observatory

Picture this: The local army headquarters offers their facility for one hundred children to launch their recently built rockets. Or this: your science staff travelling into remote fisher towns to talk to families and teach them about the effect of the moon over the tides, or going into the country side and replying to people’s questions about the 2012 myths. Well, this is what Viaje al Universo is all about.
Gemini Observatory in Chile has merged their astronomers and science staff along with the community and has tied efforts with the local municipality, universities and the board of tourism in order to impact on families by bringing information that is scientific, updated and fun. All of these elements are combined to create an educationally focused, event/fun-filled week during the annual Viaje al Universo which is an adaptation from the Journey Through the Universe program that has been successfully done in Hilo, Hawaii Gemini North’s outreach office for the last 5 years.
Viaje al Universo program is a flagship of the Gemini South public education/outreach initiative involving a broad cross-section of the local Chilean astronomical community, the public, the educators, businesses, local government officials and thousands of local students.
The program includes science staff talks, portable planetarium shows, rocket launching workshops, story telling in the local libraries, and Stargazing parties, all activities free of charge.
Due to the successful history of Viaje del Universo, the program is expected to continue and grow in new and innovative directions that will keep the program fresh and relevant to the future.

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