Telescopes to Tanzania (TtoT), which the OAD is contributing towards, is a project under the aegis of Astronomers Without Borders (AWB, http://astronomerswithoutborders.org/). Since 2010, Universe Awareness (UNAWE, www.unawe.org) and Telescopes to Tanzania have collaborated on bringing astronomy-based science education to Tanzania. This collaboration has already produced many outcomes, among which providing teacher training, telescopes and other science equipment for schools, as well as hands on classroom experiences (read more on the various achievements at http://www.astro4dev.org/blog/category/activities/telescopes-to-tanzania/ or athttp://astronomerswithoutborders.org/projects/telescopes-to-tanzania.html).
In collaboration with UNAWE-Tanzania, TtoT is now looking for funds to establish a Centre for Science. This project is a recommended project of the IAU-OAD and has thus been placed on its wish list. In June 2014, individuals will gather in Usa River (near Arusha, Tanzania) to prepare a Space Science model for advancing the development of inquiry based science education in Tanzania based on the current national curriculum. The gathering will include District Education officers from the Ministry of Education, science teachers from public and private schools, scientists, and Astronomy educators. Two 2014 OAD-funded projects,Nanotarium (a Do-It-Yourself inexpensive planetarium) and E-Science Cafe (bringing together youth astronomy groups via a website and social media), will also be fielded tested for classroom use in Tanzania at this time.
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