Mbale Senior Secondary School – Little Roses and Gifts

On the 30th September and 1st October 2013, GalileoMobile visited the first school in Mbale city. During these two days, GalileoMobile offered astronomy-related activities to teachers and students and presented a Café-Sci session. Over a thousand pupils attended the activities and were exposed to astronomy for the first time. Extrasolar planets, life on the universe and the change of climate according to the position on planet Earth were the mostly asked topics.

School venue.

School venue.

This time, instead of the opening talk, our activities started with the workshop for teachers. This change in our agenda was done to fit the school schedule.

After the workshop, we broke for lunch. The meal was served in the teachers’ room. Matoke (cooked plantain), beans, rice, and a meat sauce constitutes the daily meal of teachers and also ours. Cabbage, cassava or sweet potato can also be part of Ugandan typical food.

Lunch time with local teachers.

Lunch time with local teachers.

In the afternoon we performed activities with students of two different classes. Each one of them had two GalileoMobile members leading the activities. We opted for working with only two classes because, in this school, each class had 80 students! We performed ‘The Earth’s orbit’ and ‘Building a heliocentric model’ activities from the GalileoMobile handbook of activities.

Activities.

Activities.

After classes were finished, we gathered the students in a brief assembly for the material donation. The Galileoscope, kindly offered by the Office for Astronomy Development, was part of the resources donated. Immediately after, hundreds of students followed the opening talk presented by Nuno.

Opening talk

Opening talk

We we were about to leave the school when we met the siblings Rose, Gifty, David, Remi and James. They were the school keeper’s children. Their smiles and the strong connection with the team made the end of the first day at Mbale S. S. School.

Meeting the little siblings: Gifty (wearing pink dress), David (wearing beige shirt), Remi (the tallest one) and James (with yellow t-shirt).

Meeting the little siblings: Gifty (wearing pink dress), David (wearing beige shirt), Remi (the tallest one) and James (with yellow t-shirt).

In the morning of the second day, we worked again with teachers and in the afternoon with other two classes of students. This time we performed ‘The Rotation of the Sun’ and practised telescope pointing. The lovely siblings were around the team all the time, also getting a chance to glimpse the school through the telescope.

Telescope observations.

Telescope observations.

To finish the activities promoted by GalileoMobile, Pati presented the Café-Sci session about Galaxies and Universe. Then, we proceeded with our linguistic exchange, when volunteers stepped forward to translate some astronomy-related words in local language. Postcards of the cosmos donated by ESO were also distributed to the students. Then, a phenomenon which had also happened in other schools took place: dozens of students asked our contacts, to sign their postcards, to take pictures… All in all, they wanted keep in touch. And we too! No one wanted to never ever ever forget that moment.

Café-Sci session

Café-Sci session

 

Exchanging contacts.

Exchanging contacts.

The students and the little Roses, Giftys, Davids, Remis and James will be forever in our hearts. “I am staying, guys. You can go!”, said Fabio referring to the lovely siblings, who he had intensely photographed along the two days. “She is about to cry”, noticed Maria Serena from the film crew, after looking to Rose’s eyes the moment we left the school and said goodbye.

Good-bye moment.

Goodbye memories.

Note: Mbale is an upcountry school with 4,000 students population. The school offered their bus “staff shuttle – triumph beyond the starts” to transport the team members of GalileoMobile during the full stay in Mbale. We are very grateful by this gesture, and found the coincidence very graceful!

GalileoMobile vehicle in Mbale, kindly provided by Mbale S. S. School.

GalileoMobile vehicle in Mbale, kindly provided by Mbale S. S. School.

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3 thoughts on “Mbale Senior Secondary School – Little Roses and Gifts

  1. kituyibettyk6

    The Galileo Moments here were keenly observed and well captured Patricia! Well done! You worked very hard! Well done! The Cafe Sci sessions were fantastic! Do not forget that a few students in the Mbale schools especially Manafwa High promised to start astronomy related activities in their villages! This way, they will become local ambassadors of GaliloMobile – reaching the ends of the earth with the our vision – Under the same sky

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  2. GalileoMobile Post author

    Thanks for your comment Betty.

    We are very glad that the students from Manafwa High want to start astronomy related activities inspired by GalileoMobile.

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  3. KHAUKA GERALD

    Do You Remember The Ndere Troupe Show In Ntinda? How About Makerere College Of Engineering And Technology With Tikodri Togboa And Auther?
    Do You Remember The Mbale Ss Dramatic Presentation ” Knowledge In Science?”
    And Of Course The Smartest Wear At Mbale Ss!
    We Remember You People. Big Up Betty. Gomes And Team, Pliz Come Again!

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