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Paper: Building an IYA Legacy for Underserved Communities
Volume: 400, Preparing for the 2009 International Year of Astronomy: A Hands-on Symposium
Page: 68
Authors: Sakimoto, P.J.; Luckey, V.; Landsberg, R.H.; Hawkins, L.; Porro, I.
Abstract: The International Year of Astronomy will attract much attention, but what legacy will it leave for populations historically underrepresented in science? In this paper, we focus on one such population—urban youths—and ask how IYA activities might be designed to have a lasting impact. Our general premise is that a major event might be used to attract attention, but that a long-term follow up is necessary for genuine impact. We present three after-school and summer urban outreach programs that model such long-term involvement: the KICP Space Explorers Program, the MIT Kavli Youth Astronomy Apprenticeship Program, and the Notre Dame Supernova Club. Each of these programs is deeply embedded within the community that it serves, and each of them shows great success in building interests and capabilities in science among the youths that participate.
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