Science divulgence, interdisciplinarity and accessibility represent great challenge to anyone who works with Science education. Probable the most important ability to be developed by researchers who communicate Science is to simplify the scientific language and to incorporate interdisciplinary concepts without generate misconceptions. Even more difficult is to present and discuss scientific knowledge with disable people or people who live in social vulnerability conditions, like the ones that live without a roof over one’s head in the big cities. The Planetarium of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in the south of Brazil, in order to celebrate the National Science and Technology Week, offers to homeless people planetarium sessions about the Solar System and many others astronomical contents. The program presented is followed by free discussions about themes they are interested in. Someone are: why the sky is blue; how one can identify planets in the dark sky; why there are Moon Phases; why some constellations can be observed at night in the summer but do not in the winter; and so on. One can affirm that, when homeless people have opportunity to learn Science in educational places like a Planetarium or Museum, they fell much better with themselves and they become a little bit more active. Science divulgence may help the promotion of the social inclusion.

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Homeless people go to ufrgs planetarium

Maria Helena Steffani   Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Science divulgence, interdisciplinarity and accessibility represent great challenge to anyone who works with Science education. Probable the most important ability to be developed by researchers who communicate Science is to simplify the scientific language and to incorporate interdisciplinary concepts without generate misconceptions. Even more difficult is to present and discuss scientific knowledge with disable people or people who live in social vulnerability conditions, like the ones that live without a roof over one’s head in the big cities. The Planetarium of Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), in the south of Brazil, in order to celebrate the National Science and Technology Week, offers to homeless people planetarium sessions about the Solar System and many others astronomical contents. The program presented is followed by free discussions about themes they are interested in. Someone are: why the sky is blue; how one can identify planets in the dark sky; why there are Moon Phases; why some constellations can be observed at night in the summer but do not in the winter; and so on. One can affirm that, when homeless people have opportunity to learn Science in educational places like a Planetarium or Museum, they fell much better with themselves and they become a little bit more active. Science divulgence may help the promotion of the social inclusion.

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