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  IYA- Ethiopia  2009 news and activities


Bahir Dar University (January 1, 2009)
 
Under the coordination of Dr. Baylie, me and one member of physics department,  the first phase of the Year of Astronomy 2009 has started at Bahir Dar University. Today, we invited 22 students from one of the high schools of Bahir Dar that is Gion Secondary School. During this time, students observed movies which we obtained from NASA. The movies were about the activities of the Sun (i.e, the CME, sunspot, the motion of the solar wind, the effects of the the solar wind and IMF on the Earth's magnetic field, etc) and they have learnt about the general view point of Astrophysics and research by Dr. Baylie. In addition, students have taken different posters which might encourage them towards the subject.













Ethiopian high schools to join the IYA2009 movement


Assella Arsi School Development Organization (AASDO), plans to conduct sustained education misson in Assella and beyong. The outreach includes:  commputer and internet accessibility to curb digital divide, training the trainers, library development, science on the road academy and  Girls education in science, mathematics  and technology. AASDO is a brain childe of former Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) and their students during their service in Assella since 1965.<Read More>


Several teachers and university personel expressed their interest to participate in activities that involves robotic telescope. The schools currently located in Mekele, Bahir Dar, Addis Ababa, Bishoftu and Assella.   Dr. Alem Mebratu reported that  he successfully identified three schools in our city  of Mekelle have agreed to particiate. They are  (1) Ase Yohannes Comprehensive Secondary (Preparatory) School, one of the oldest schools in Tigray, has an Internet access and a trained ICT head.  The contact person for the school is Mr. Hailekiros Gebreselassie(2) Kelamino Secondary School and the contact person is   Birhanu Reda.  and (3) Sos Mekele :he contact person is Andenet Hagos. Dr. Alem Mebratu reported that the Department of Physics of Mekele University is more than glad to be the site for the activity. The chair Tsega Berhane.

Melesew Nigussie of the physics department of BDU. reported that  the facilities that are available iinclude Virtual Physics Laboratory  which is fully functional. The facility has more than 20 computers with full internet service He repoted that the schools will be identifies shortly . Melese is a member of Washera Geospace Radar Science Laboratory at Bahir Dar University
          

  The Ethiopian Astronomical Society is virtual society linking experties and resources together. This virtual community will participate in IYA activities by providing information and resources about knowledge of astronomy in Ethiopia. It is also a hub for scientists and students interested in the field where it is possible to find translations and meanings of stars and constellations. In particular as a contribution to the IAY the group plans to develop the  the 12 Zodiac constellations, athe jets plow into surrounding interstellar clouds, they heat the gas, often generating bright afterglows. Gamma ray bursts are the most luminous explosions in the universe since the big bang. > Read more>

  Ethiopian School Development Organization(EDGO): ESDO is a model integrative project to address shortages of library books, electronic resources, teacher/student development and digital divide in Ethiopian schools. ESDO first project is located in Assela, Arsi Zone. Named as Assella-Arsi School Development Organization (AASDO),  it is the brainchild of former peace corps volunteers and former students of Ras Darge School (which is now renamed as Chilalo Terara Preparatory School)> ESDO  will participate in all IYA-2009 activities.<Read more>














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