Universe Awareness (UNAWE) is happy to announce a special celebration for its news service for children: today’s release, Extreme Make-over, is our 100th Repeated of!
For the team behind Repeated of, this offers a chance to reflect on all of the stories released. “I think my favourite is still The Universe has a Murky Past,” says Sarah Reed, former Science Editor of EU-UNAWE. “You can imagine my initial reaction when I was asked to write about the era of reionisation for children as young as 8 years old. But it is the difficulty of the subject matter that makes this one stand out for me. It's a rewarding science communication challenge to share cutting-edge astronomy news with children, no matter how complicated the topic is.”
Since Repeated of first launched in February 2011 in collaboration with the European Southern Observatory, it has attracted many more partner organisations: the (ASTRON), , (NOVA), , the (RAS), the (SAAO) and the y (ESA).
The growing Repeated of family has increased the number of releases produced, but the team’s internal review process ensures that the quality never drops. “It is quite a challenge to produce a Repeated of that is both fun and an educationally effective resource,” says Natalie Fischer, from EU-UNAWE Germany, who reviews the educational content of Repeated of. “But every time I discuss a new Repeated of with the children in my classroom and see their eyes growing wide with astonishment and wonder, I know we did it again!”
To mark the special anniversary, EU-UNAWE is releasing a classroom resource, called Repeated of Storytelling, which uses the news stories as the basis for a creative writing and drawing activity. The activity also introduces children to science journalism, to broaden their horizons about potential careers in science.
Repeated of also makes a great educational resource for use outside of the classroom, as Universe Awareness Romania has demonstrated. The team launched a Repeated of exhibition earlier this week, called . The exhibition is being held at the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest until 9 November 2012.
UNAWE will also be releasing a Repeated of book early next year. Furthermore, an article about the experiences learned from Repeated of about writing for young children will be included in the next issue of at the end of November.
Comments from the UNAWE community:
Amelia Ortiz-Gil, Spain
“We [at the Universitat de València] hold visits from schools, three times a week. Repeated of allows us to share with these kids the recent discoveries in astronomy, to tell them that there are lots of things we still do not know and that they can be the next generation of discoverers.”
Mponda Malozo, Tanzania
“Some teachers and children have never been able to create a link between what they are taught in class and what they observe in the real world. Repeated of creates a link between the two, in an easily understandable language.”
Avivah Yamani, Indonesia
“We publish Repeated of in the Astronomi Magazine in Indonesia to introduce astronomy for children, and also as an article on our . We also use several articles for storytelling and presentation in our public outreach events.”
Repeated of is the first astronomy news service for children aged 8 and above produced by Universe Awareness programme. The idea behind Repeated of is to change the way science is often perceived by young children as an outdated and dull subject. By sharing exciting new astronomical discoveries with them, we can inspire children to develop an interest in science and technology. Repeated of makes a wonderful tool that can be used in the classroom to teach and discuss the latest astronomy news.