A Call to Action During COVID-19 from the International Astronomical Union Offices
This is an urgent call to action during this unprecedented global pandemic, as the world struggles to contain the spread of COVID-19. We need to do whatever we can to help tackle this pandemic as well as its collateral effects on society.
We believe the astro & broader science community has a wide range of expertise and resources which could help the current situation. Thus, we would like to enable people to actively contribute their skills (data skills, communications expertise, coding, visualization etc). To help everyone cope with the prolonged times being spent indoors, we are also gathering digital astronomy resources and fun activities you can do at home to keep you and any children at home occupied and entertained.
This is just the start and our hope is for the document to grow over time. If you have relevant resources to share with us, please complete this google form and we will add it to the list as soon as possible.
Best wishes from,
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach (OAO)
IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)
IAU Office of Astronomy for Education (OAE)
IAU Office for Young Astronomers (OYA)
RESOURCES for keeping busy at home
Think of this list as a starter kit rather than an exhaustive list
Weekly Astro At Home Challenge by IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach:
- 16-22 March - Learn a minimum of seven astronomy-related words in the sign language of your country, record you (or your family) signing the words you’ve learned and share with #AstroAtHomeChallenge #IAUoutreach
- 23-30 March - Spend 30 minutes a day doing a citizen science project. Tell us what you discovered with #AstroAtHomeChallenge this week and we’ll share your coolest discoveries at the end of the challenge.
Upcoming Online Sessions
US National Air and Space Museum
Discover the Universe / À la découverte de l'univers
- 23-27 March 2020
- Multiverse, of the University of California, Berkeley
- For ages 9-14
- During this time, you'll be able to ask scientists your questions about the Sun, solar events, solar energy, and NASA solar missions.
Global Astronomy Month
Resources for Children and Families
Universe Awareness (UNAWE)
Universe Awareness (UNAWE) Educational Material
“Universe in a Box” activity book
“Mission: Space Explorer” booklet
List of educational resources
Activities from the Exploratorium
Las Cumbres Observatory educational resources
NASA @ Home activities
NASA Space Place
Technovation Aerospace Design Challenges
Free space projects for kids (and adults) from space.com
Mountain of Stars
- Space education program of the National Space Society
- 160+ Courses, projects, activities, and contests written by grade 4-16 teachers for students all over the world. Includes STEAM and NGSS standards and some teacher workshops.
Canadian Space Agency’s Junior Astronauts campaign
Free, vetted educational resources in several languages
Storytime from Space
Serol's Cosmic Explorers
ALMA Observatory Build a paper antenna and transporter
Science Journal with Google
Science at Home
Virtual field trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center in the US
Sun Space Art
Google Once Upon A Try
Astronomy Picture of the Day
ALMA Animated series on astronomy
Skype A Scientist
Teach with Movies
Astronomy Citizen Science Projects
Resources for Adults, University Students, and High School Students
- Free, online introductory astronomy textbook from the non-profit OpenStax Project at Rice University by senior authors Andrew Fraknoi, David Morrison, Sidney Wolff.
- This book (which introduces astronomy in everyday language) can be read free by anyone and can be downloaded permanently to your phone using the free OpenStax app.
Various higher education textbooks in HTML format from Cambridge University Press
Elusives-Invisibles Plus Virtual Institute
EuCapt virtual colloquium
CERN seminar series
Silicon Valley Astronomy Lectures
Kolibri educational library
Meet an IAU Astronomer
Resources for Teachers and Educators
Guide to moving your physics/astronomy course online
Coronavirus Tech Handbook
Information and resources for online teaching
Free online professional development courses
#AstroatHome #ScienceAtHome #ScienceFromHome #MuseumFromHome
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach Facebook
IAU Office for Astronomy Outreach Twitter
IAU Outreach Newsletter
IAU Office of Astronomy for Education Twitter
Resources for Explaining the COVID-19 Situation to Children
Video with Dr Michelle Dickinson and Dr Juliet Gerrard and the Prime Minister of New Zealand
“An Astronaut's Guide to Self Isolation” video by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield
Innovative Methods for Promoting Astronomy
Unione Astrofili Italiani (UAI)
NAROM and Nordic ESERO
Large Millimeter Telescope paper model (Spanish)
Everyone is strongly recommended to work with local organizations and coordinate efforts with those of many others who might be doing similar work. We must remember that we can assist wherever possible but we are not medical or health experts.
Volunteer for the OAD to use your skills to contribute to tasks remotely. Sign up to the OAD volunteer mailing list here: http://www.astro4dev.org/volunteers
Hackathons & Tech Communities
Protein folding with Foldit
Dashboards for visualising COVID-19
Statistics and research from Out World in Data
COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19) | Kaggle
Use your communication skills to create more awareness and dispel fake news and wrong information. All of us have seen the speed at which inaccurate information is spread online, especially on messaging channels such as Whatsapp. As outreach professionals and educators, many of us have communication skills that can make a difference in these situations. We encourage you to work with your local public health organizations and assist with communication campaigns. You can also think about running communication campaigns in support of science and the scientific method.
If you have worked on or are part of a successful comms campaign, please share those resources on the google form so others may benefit.
Use the #astro networks to disseminate accurate information.