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The Subaru Seminar is usually held in Room 104 of the Hilo Base Facility, adjacent to the main lobby. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you are interested in giving a seminar, please contact Subaru seminar organizers (Tomonori Usuda, Kumiko S. Usuda, Masayuki Akiyama) by email : sseminar_at_subaru.naoj.org (please change"_at" to @).

March 02, Friday at 11:30 am

" TENPLA" the outreach project "

Naohiro Takanashi (TENPLA / University of Tokyo)

Hanae Inami (TENPLA / Meiji University)

Rieko Momose (TENPLA / Tokyo Gakugei University)

Nagisa Kaneyasu (TENPLA)

Satomi Natsugari (TENPLA)


Do you know "Tenpla"? -- It's not a Japanese crispy fry, but is a project name for popularizing astronomy in Japan. "Ten" means "celestial" or "astronomy", and "pla" means "planetarium". The Tenpla group was established by students of astronomy in 2003, and now consists of students, researchers, educators, curators, designers, and ordinal citizens. We are suggesting a variety of ideas for many people, from kids to seniors, to enjoy and touch astronomy.
We targeted people who came to planetariums, science museums, and observatories for our first activities. We held star gazing parties and lectures at the facilities. During our outreach activities we recognized that those people were born to be familiar with science and astronomy. On the other hand, we also know that there are many people who do NOT show specific interests in science.
Then, we started to target the people who don't visit science facilities. Astronomical Toilet Paper (ATP) is one of the methods to communicate with such kind of people. We also made an online typing game named "Sora uchi", that means (meaning is "Shoot the universe!", as well as science cafes and other unique, original events.
Recently, we started to talk to people with some "barriers" to touch astronomy. We visit hospitals and make presentations and activities for children, or just talk to children in beds who can not go outside. Parents with infants and toddlers are also the ones who are difficult to make their times for science. We hold a series of astronomical lectures just for parents (and their children) at a local community center.
Through our activities, we have found we must communicate and cooperate with local peoples if we do want to popularize astronomy. The involvement of the local people is essential to touch the whole community. Their enthusiasms and interests make us much easier and more comfortable to carry out the activities. We tried to find out the best way to cooperate with them.
In our talk, we will share our experiences through our various outreach activities, and will present our future plans. Please refer the following web page:
Tenpla
ATP :The Astronomical Toilet Paper


Seminars are also held at JAC, CFHT, and IfA.



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