The screening of the ‘Light-Year’ documentary

Felipe at Mostra Audiovisual de Cambuquira, Minas Gerais

Cambuquira is a small town in Minas Gerais, Brazil, with a population of around 13,000 people. The city is part of the circuit of the waters of Minas Gerais and has several water sources with medicinal properties. As a result, the city had its heyday a few decades ago, when celebrities from around the world came for its miraculous waters.
The cambuquirenses (name of the local population) are great storytellers, so they like to mix fact and fiction in their stories. Unsurprisingly, the city is surrounded by legends and myths.

Nowadays, the city hosts MOSCA, a film festival that will hold its 10th edition in August 2015.
As part of the activities leading up to the festival, we were invited to present the film ‘Light-Year’ in a premiere session. For me as a director, to show a film for the first time is always the hardest part of the whole process. But I already participated in the MOSCA before so my anxiety was soon replaced by a feeling of “home”.
During the debate after the screening the reception was very good and Ananda, organizer of the festival, even joked: I hope that Light-Year will have a lot of success.

Next stop: Rio de Janeiro.
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Pati, Museu de Astronomia de Rio de Janeiro (MAST)

Every since 2002, the Museum Week  in Brazil is a celebration that takes place every year in May. It is a week full of attractions to both expert and other museum visitors, ranging from exhibitions to talks, debates and workshops.

With GalileoMobile’s BraBo ‘Light-Year’ documentary ready to be launched, why not take the opportunity to celebrate the movie premiere within a Museum during the Museum Week. Especially since Brazil is one of the countries where the BraBo project took place. The screening would only get better if we could combine it with the activity we like to do the most: observe the sky! That’s exactly what happened on May, 20th, 2015 at the Museum of Astronomy and Related Sciences in Rio de Janeiro.

MAST is the largest architectonic astronomy-related complex in Latin America and an excellence research institution dedicated to, among others, the study of science education in non-formal setting. Therefore, the audience of the ‘Light-Year’ screening was a demanding one: astronomers, science educators and communicators!

After his passage through Minas Gerais, Felipe Carrelli, the director flew to Rio de Janeiro to meet the GalileoMobile team members, Patrícia and Sandra. The launch of the movie at MAST and promoted a rich debate full of ideas about GalileoMobile’s future projects and inquiries about the film’s conception. The event was followed by a night-sky observation through a 21 inch centenary refractor  that is part of the museological collection of MAST. In the meantime Jupiter was gracefully eclipsed by Callisto and exhibiting its other three moons floating on the space.
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Sandra – Centro Cultural Casa Nuvem, Rio de Janeiro

Two days after the exhibition at the Museum, we organised another screening in Rio de Janeiro. It took place in a social centre, Casa Nuvem, that hosts a great deal of cultural events. Thanks to the promotion efforts of our hostess Monica Nahia, we managed to gather around 60 people to watch ‘Light-Year’! On this occasion Fernanda Ligabue, the documentary’s photography director was also with us. It was very special to see how the people reacted to the documentary, how they smiled, how they listened mindfully to the interviews, some of them approvingly nodding, how they became part of GalileoMobile even if it was only for a moment and their eyes full of wonder. A brief discussion about the project arose afterwards and we were very happy to hear comments about the “open-mind” spirit of the documentary, which shows not only the scientist visions but also the opinions and beliefs of those we visited. Afterwards everybody was invited to stay for our wave-duality party, which was a lot of fun!

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A visit to Mars Academy

By Sandra

Imagine you get to school one day, and instead of sitting through a tough class of math or history, your duty is to control a NASA mission looking at yet unseen regions of Mars! Would you like that? Well, then welcome to the Mars Academy!

Mars Academy is an outreach project designed by a team of NASA astronomers to inspire students from the ‘City of God’ neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, by exposing them to the latest knowledge regarding the Red Planet and attempt to raise their interest in science and technology. The astronomers will work together with local teachers at the INPAR (Instituto Prebisteriano Álvaro Reis de Assistência à Criança e ao Adolescente) school to offer the students a week of hands-on lessons covering different topics within astronomy and planetary science.

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After the first days covering introductory lessons, the students will submit targets for observation for NASA’s HiRISE camera, which will be sent to mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. HiRISE is one of the most advanced instruments exploring our Solar System and has produced beautiful images of our mysterious neighbor. These novel images will bring new scientific knowledge and contribute to the progress in the field.

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Local scientists from Brazilian institutions, as well as two team members of GalileoMobile, will also participate in the experience and support the American team in their work with the students, taking care of language and logistics.

A team of film-makers will accompany the project and produce a documentary to share the students’ personal journeys of discovery and the lessons learned from this experience with other children, schools, and public around the world.

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As put by one of the leading astronomers of the project, Wladimir Lyra, “If we can inspire favela kids, if we can kindle that light and provide the seeds that will make them pursue science as a career and go to college, they will have broken the cycle. They will become success stories, their peers will see that it’s possible to achieve social mobility through education, and at some point we can turn the tide of the urban reality in Rio.”

Keep tuned to the Mars Academy facebook page for more information about the upcoming visit to City of God!

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Que comience GalileoMobile Constellation!

¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? ¡Mucho Gusto de hablar con ustedes!”

Estas palabras abrieron una videoconferencia entre dos ciudades italianas y dos chilenas, a mediados de abril. Mauricio, profesor de una escuela en Cariquima, en el norte de Chile, rodeado de sus alumnos ante la pantalla del computador, nos presenta ante ellos y con ese saludo simple y cálido, comienza a materializarse otra etapa, otro proyecto dentro de GalileoMobile.  Hace tiempo estamos trabajando en una idea que involucra a profesores y niños de Latinoamérica: Constellation.

Conectarnos con la escuela de Cariquima, fue un momento fantástico. Los estudiantes estaban emocionados y nosotros también, felices de acercarnos y reír pese a encontrarnos en distintas partes del planeta. Muchas conversaciones similares se llevan a cabo durante estos días, charlas que conectan París con Bogotá, Londres con Alto Biobío, Marsella con Cuzco, Berlín con Los Antiguos, New Haven con Quito, Munich con Medellín.

La red está armada y en mayo, el trabajo de tantos meses entra en una de sus principales etapas: Los miembros de GalileoMobile comenzarán a trabajar con maestros y alumnos de las veintiún escuelas de nuestra red en América del Sur y de ese modo, Constellation empieza a lanzarnos, en otra gran aventura!

Hemos preparado un libro de actividades que consideramos útil para abordar temas sobre astronomía y vamos a discutir y aprender durante los próximos meses acerca de ellos en muchas videoconferencias, con las escuelas que participan de Constellation. Sabemos que en la mente de un niño hay tantas ideas y preguntas por responder como tantas estrellas hay en el cielo. Cuando se arroja luz sobre una pequeña pregunta, ya hay otra más, igual de pequeña o quizás más grande,  esperando en la fila.

¡¡Que comience GalileoMobile Constellation!!