BRABO

 

BRAZIL/BOLIVIA - 2014

REPORT

DOCUMENTARY

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Building on the success of the pilot project in the Bolivian Amazon in 2012, GalileoMobile decided to organize an extended project to the Amazon region named BraBo. During 5 weeks, from July 21st to August 25th, GalileoMobile went to the Bolivian Department of Pando and the neighbouring Brazilian states of Acre and Rondonia. The itinerary covered a total distance of roughly 1600 km. We visited 12 schools, reaching about 3000 students, 400 local teachers, 68 visually impaired students and educators, and 150 undergraduate students. 

 

Watch the full documentary GalileoMobile 'Ano-Luz' (Light Year)  here.

The choice of this region as the destination of the next GalileoMobile project was not only driven by practical purposes: the incredibly rich Astronomical culture of indigenous communities in the Amazon region offers a unique opportunity for cultural exchange, making Astronomy a fundamental thematic axis on which to develop an important dialogue between different traditions and worldviews.

 

This expedition, named BraBo, benefited from the resources developed by the team during the IYA2009 in South America (Chile, Bolivia, Peru 2009) and the network of local contacts established during the previous visit to the Pando district in 2012. GalileoMobile performed a two-day program of activities at each school. On the first day, prior to the beginning of the activities, the GalileoMobile team members gave an opening talk to assess the level of the students’ knowledge of astronomy. The teachers were then introduced to the GalileoMobile Handbook of Activities and material in a small introductory session and were encouraged to lead the activities in their classes themselves, with the GalileoMobile team members present only for support. On the second day, we performed another session with students from other classes and collect the feedback from the teachers.

 

In addition, we hosted four Teacher Training Workshops in collaboration with the GTTP project, which allowed us to reach teachers from schools which could not be included in the GalileoMobile program. These workshops were held in Cacoal, Rio Branco (Brazil) and Cobija (Bolivia) and they consisted of a one-day program including talks from local astronomers, sky-observations and instructions for hands-on activities.

 

GalileoMobile donated telescopes, outreach material and hard-copies of our handbook of activities to the schools visited.

 

The BraBo expedition brought two exciting novelties regarding previous expeditions:

  • We visited two schools for visually impaired children in each country,  where we performed astronomical activities using an astronomical tactile kit developed by the A Touch of the Universe project, one of GalileoMobile’s partners.

  • We dedicated two days to meet with the undergraduate students of Natural Sciences in Rio Branco and Cruzeiro do Sul, Brazil.

Like previous expeditions, GalileoMobile encouraged the participation of local communities, which were invited to take part in night-sky observations and documentary screenings. These activities were both held in a public place, normally at the main square of the towns visited.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Bolivia

  • Carmen Acosta Peña

  • Silvia Barriga

  • Dulce Becerra

  • Liliana Derzi Miguel

  • Dorian Espejo Espejo

  • Plácido Espinosa

  • Kaleb Irahola Azad

  • Ingrid Justiano

  • Jose Javier Machado Mendoza

  • Claudia Mendez

  • Juan Jose Javier Osinaga

  • Maria Antonieta Rodriguez Miranda

  • Guido Ernesto Saucedo Cortez

  • Yoniester Texeira

  • Manuel de la Torre

  • Esnider Velarde

  • All students who travelled with the GalileoMobile team from both the astronomy club Astropando and the school Vacadiez

 

Brazil - Acre

  • Cleyton Assis Loureiro de Souza

  • Alcilene Balica Monteiro

  • Abias Dias de Araujo

  • Kelson dos Santos Araújo

  • Maria Cristina dos Santos Ferreira

  • Cleir Antônia dos Santos Monteiro

  • Raimundo Gouveia da Silva

  • Carolina de Lima Cabral

  • Braulio de Medeiros Gonçalves

  • Airton de Mesquita Silva

  • Reginaria Nunes de Souza

  • Antônio Oliveira da Costa

  • Karen Fernanda Pinto de Lima

  • Keila Souza Da Silva

  • Gisnayane Silva e Silva

  • Lívia da Silva Hoyle

  • Jair da Silva Lima

  • Ralcleymar da Silva Pereira

  • Rutinely Tamburini de Oliveira

  • Jonas Vieira de Araújo

  • Marluz, a querida médica que cuidou da equipe GalileoMobile quando doentes.

 

Brazil - Rondônia

  • Suzenir Aguiar

  • Mariana Barcellos

  • Maria do Carmo Barcellos

  • Almir Narayamoga

  • Miriam Osmídio

  • Diana Pellegrini

  • Laíde Ruiz

  • Elisângela Suruí

  • Naraimi Suruí

  • Ivani Teodoro

 

Schools and institutions visited by the project

  • Astropando Club de Aficionados de Astronomía

  • Centro de Apoio Pedagógico ao Deficiente Visual

  • Centro de Educación Especial Esther Campos

  • Centro de Formação Paiter Suruí Associação Metareilá

  • Colegio Vacadiez

  • Comunidad Yaminahua

  • Escola Estadual Cora Coralina

  • Escola Estadual de Ensino Médio Dom Julio Matiolli

  • Escola Estadual Indígena de Ensino Fundamental e Médio Sertanista Francisco Meirelles

  • Escola Estadual Indígena Paiterey

  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Acre Campus Cruzeiro do Sul

  • Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Acre Campus Rio Branco

  • Instituto Santa Terezinha Escola Padre Edson de Oliveira Dantas

  • Museu de Astronomia e Ciências Afins

  • Unidad Educativa 24 de Septiembre

  • Unidad Educativa El Sena

  • Unidad Educativa Filadelfia

  • Unidad Educativa La Salle

  • Unidad Educativa Puerto Rico

  • Unidad Educativa Serafin Castedo

  • Universidade Federal de Rondônia

 

Our most sincere thanks to all who contributed through the crowdfunding campaign

  • María Luisa Ajá Rodríguez

  • Eliane Andreghetto

  • Haakon Andresen

  • Marina Baltar

  • Arif Bayirli

  • Giacomo Beccari

  • Sandra Benitez Herrera

  • Emiliano Botelho dos Santos

  • Jarle Brinchmann

  • David J. A. Brown

  • Dara Cabrera Ruiz

  • Alessandra Cagnazzo

  • Ana C. A. Campos

  • Maria L. L. Dantas

  • Blanca Dasí Espuig

  • C. Delai da Silva

  • Elisa Delgado Mena

  • David J. Emrich

  • Philipp Edelmann

  • Sofia Esteves

  • Anastasios Fragkos

  • Amparo García

  • Karl-Heinz Glassmeier

  • Joaquín Gimeno

  • Sebastian Gimeno

  • Luis J. Goicoechea Santamaria

  • María del Carmen González Santana

  • Emille E. O. Ishida

  • Andressa Jendreieck

  • Stephanie Juneau

  • Brian Levine

  • Sally Lowenstein

  • Pierre Maggi

  • Andrea Merloni

  • Paolo Molaro

  • Jefferson L Morais

  • Evangelia Ntormousi

  • Christophe Praz

  • Eduardo Penteado

  • Jose Luis Pinar Gamez

  • Jaya Ramchadani

  • Sofia Rasini

  • Néstor Rivero Cabrera

  • Javier Rivero Gonzalez

  • Jorge Rivero González

  • Manuel Rivero González

  • Nathan Roche

  • Meghie Rodrigues

  • Barbara Rojas-Ayala

  • Pedro Russo

  • Mina Santana Santana

  • Konstancja Satalecka

  • Tom Schaul

  • Maria Elidaiana da Silva Pereira

  • Mr Mp De Silva

  • D. L. D'Souza

  • Fabio del Sordo

  • Patricia F. Spinelli

  • Madeline Stanley

  • Takamitsu Tanaka

  • Stefano Tirelli

  • Tokeneke

  • Eleftheria Tsourlidaki

  • Valeska Valdivia

  • Mayte Vasquez

  • Avefragata

  • Manuel Villarejo Fernandez

  • Kimberly Ward-Duong

  • Sarah E. Willis

  • Jian Xu

  • Alfredo Zenteno

 

Special thanks to the GalilleoMobile friends who have supported this initiative

  • Heloisa Maria Bertol Domingues

  • Fernando Bonatto

  • Malin Borg

  • Fabíola Campos

  • Bárbara Castanheira Endl

  • Herma Cuppen

  • Geisa Mara de Castro

  • Gioia Deucher

  • Maria Depner

  • Rosa Doran

  • Tatiana Ferraz Laganá

  • Elisandra Figueiredo

  • José Gonzalez

  • Manfred Gottwald

  • Kevin Govender

  • Thiago "Hard"

  • Iwan Holleman

  • Diego Loyola

  • Lars Lindberg Christensen

  • Leila Lobato Graef

  • Ruth Loubser

  • Pedro Marcondes

  • Thiago Monfredini

  • Vera Monteiro

  • Amélia Ortiz

  • Felipe Passarini

  • Mariana Penna Lima

  • Raul Puebla

  • Carmen del Puerto Varela

  • Eugênio Reis

  • Pedro Russo

  • Oana Sandu

  • Franz Schreier

  • Ana Cecília Soja

  • Barbara Stracke

  • Thomas Trautmann

  • Rafael Vanz

  • Simon White

  • Matheus M. Cury

  • Filmes para Bailar

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