On 26 January 2012, UNAWE Morocco invited about 70 children from five schools to a hands-on workshop about the Hubble Space Telescope in Al Akhawayn School, Ifrane. This was the second workshop organised by UNAWE Morocco, which was founded in late 2011.
The workshop introduced children to the wonders of the Universe by showing them some of the beautiful pictures captured by Hubble. Over the course of the day, the children gained an appreciation for what it takes to build such a big telescope. They then had the opportunity to construct their own models of Hubble in teams.
“The children were very proud of their models and excited to show and compare them with others. The children were very grateful to attend the workshop, as most of them had never had such an experience before,” says Hassane Darhmaoui from the UNAWE Morocco team, who was one of the organisers of the workshop.
UNAWE Morocco plan to organise at least one workshop every two months. The next workshop will be held in March and will focus on the Moon.
The UNAWE programme in Morocco was established by the National Aldebaran Project, the National Network of UNESCO schools and Al Akhawayn University.