|Title:||Teaching History of Astronomy to the Public: The ABC Experience|
|Speaker:||Dr. Julio Saucedo Morales (University of Sonora)|
|Date:||Thursday, 19 June 2014|
|Time:||15:00 - 16:00|
Astronomy has played an important role in the history of civilization; unfortunately this is not properly appreciated, for the public knows little about astronomy and its history. But people from all walks of life find our science attractive, which represents an opportunity to fill the gap through outreach and education. Here I present our efforts in this direction, through teaching the Astronomy Basic Course (ABC). I will present the structure of the ABC, a 3-month theory-practice course we have taught for the public for the last 25 years. I will then concentrate on a survey carried out to study the impact of the ABC. I will also briefly discuss some other astronomical activities we do at Universidad de Sonora, concentrating mainly on outreach and education, as well as about the possibilities for collaborations.