FM20p.36 — Astronomy and development: a multidisciplinary project in the Mexican countryside

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Aug 10th at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

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Author(s): Hector Bravo Alfaro1, César Caretta1, Elcia M.S. Brito1

Institution(s): 1. Universidad de Guanajuato

We outline a long term project focused on children and young students living in rural places of the Mexican State of Guanajuato. This multidisciplinary project includes astronomers, environment engineers, biologists and sociologists of Universidad de Guanajuato. One part of the activities are done in situ, at the villages, and other is currently proposed to be held at the Public Astronomical Observatory of Universidad de Guanajuato. Organizing the trips and the activities for scholar groups at the observatory (where telescopes, computers and microscopes are available) would fit very well within several of the IAU-OAD strategies. We expect that, attending the FM20 of the IAU and presenting our results there will help us to develop regional
collaborations and showing the many opportunities for new possible volunteers.