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December 3-5

Embracing the Future: Astronomy Teaching and Public Engagement

ASP2020: A Virtual Conference

ASP2020: A Virtual Conference
Preliminary Schedule

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Informal Science Education in Puerto Rico
We will present a review of the main efforts on informal science education in Puerto Rico. Museums, planetariums, media (TV, radio, newspaper, newsletters, etc.), and new technologies (social media) comprise the core of the venues for science communication in Puerto Rico . The government through its institutions, and private organizations are the principal actors. In Puerto Rico we do not have a science museum. The most prominent effort of a museum is run by a private non-profit organization with ongoing activities located in a temporary facility. The island has diverse visitor centers associated to natural reserves or research institutions. Their effort has been the most consistent during the years. One planetarium is operational serving a population of almost 4 million people. This planetarium also serves as a center for teacher training in space science and astronomy. Three educational observatories and some amateur astronomy organizations help to bring the wonders of the sky to the general public.
Most of the informal education is done through activities by diverse groups, organizations and institutions, generally in collaboration with local communities. The main initiatives on informal science education in Puerto Rico will be discussed and some critical reflections for the future will be presented.
Conference Strand: Public Engagement in Informal Settings