EAS Publications Series
Volume 16, 2005Teaching and Communicating Astronomy – JENAM'04
|Page(s)||253 - 262|
|Published online||14 January 2006|
A. Ortiz-Gil and V. Martínez (eds)
EAS Publications Series, 16 (2005) 253-262
The Transit of Venus: an Opportunity to Promote Astronomy
Dept. Matemàtica Aplicada, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain
The transit of Venus was an excellent opportunity to promote Astronomy to everybody. In particular this occasion was used to encourage interest in Astronomy in schools. In our society, which has a good quality of life, interest in science has decreased. Every year the number of students interested in studying science degrees at university is smaller than in previous years. Our new generations do not seem to be motivated to study in the field of science. Probably this situation is a consequence of the lack of understanding of the true meaning of science. Of course, it is not possible that a student would decide to study a topic that they do not know about. In the media science appears less than sports, cinema, or business! In consequence, the general public is more concerned about items other than science. On June 8th we took advantage of an opportunity to introduce science and Astronomy into the lives of everybody, but especially in schools. This paper will show two projects related to the transit in schools: ”Pilla el Tránsito de Venus” and ”VT-2004” and a short appendix to another project for schools ”ALMA-ITP”
© EAS, EDP Sciences, 2005
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