Universe Awareness Multidisciplinary Workshop on
Leiden, The Netherlands
Universe Awareness (UNAWE)
is an international program that aims to inspire young disadvantaged
children with the beauty and scale of the universe. Games, songs,
hands-on activities, cartoons and live internet exchanges are
devised in partnership with UNAWE communities throughout the
world for children from the age of 4 onwards. UNAWE illustrates
the multicultural origins of modern astronomy in an effort to
broaden childrens minds, awaken their curiosity in science
and stimulate global citizenship and tolerance. LDI is among
organizations of UNAWE.
This workshop brought together
the most creative and hands-on educators in the field with experts
in media, toy making and child development. The outcome of the
workshop was a collection of activities and materials. The relevance
and usefulness of these materials and the ways in which they
could be used are discussed extensively during the workshop.
Once localized and distributed to all the partner countries,
they will be the first international UNAWE materials.
The workshop was held at the
Lorentz Center at
the University of Leiden.
LDI participated in the international
part of the event, which ran from 25 to 27 February 2008, with
an agenda item on the first day on Basics of Evaluation
- 15 minutes introduction on The
Importance of Formative Evaluation followed by a roundtable
discussion led by Jan Visser.