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
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:
ATP :The Astronomical Toilet Paper
Seminars are also held at JAC,