Promoting Radio Astronomy in Ghana through School Visits and Astronomy Clubs
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The project “Promoting Radio Astronomy in Ghana through School Visits and Astronomy Clubs” (PRAGSAC) opens a large door of activity into various practical astronomy topics to unleash students’ interest in science for an informed career choice.
PRAGSAC seeks to work through school visits and school clubs to give students first-hand practical Astronomy information and an appreciation of the importance and benefits of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory (GRAO) at Kuntunse.
The project set to commence in August 2018 in Schools near the GRAO will involve the design and development of learning materials; workshops, schools visits, formation of astronomy clubs, an interactive website to showcase activities in different schools and the maiden quiz on astronomy for Junior High School students. Students will have the opportunity to visit the observatory at Kuntunse and the planetarium in Accra.
The PRAGSAC website will report on activities of the clubs. However, formal monthly reports will also be drafted. The project aims that by December 2018, around 500 students will be have been introduced to astronomy and radio astronomy through initial school visits, and astronomy clubs will have been set up in 4 schools.
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(Satellite Remote Sensing, Space Studies Expert and Astronomy enthusiast with expertise in science communication). Francis Kudjoe is a postgraduate of University of Bremen. He was the first Ghanaian to complete the professional Space Studies Program of 2016 (SSP16) of the International Space University (ISU). He finished his Masters by research in Environmental Physics with a
Emmanuel Proven-Adzri is a postdoctoral fellow with the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory under the Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in conjunction with the University of Leeds in the UK. He obtained his BSc in Physics from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi and later an
Rubby Aworka is actively involved in astronomy outreach program in Ghana in collaboration with Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute and is pursuing a career to become an academia. She had her bachelor degree in Physics at the University of Ghana and her master’s at African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. Her master’s research was in
Eugene Tetteh-Owusu Okwei
Mr. Okwei is currently a PhD student at the School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leeds, UK and also a Physics / Science Lecturer at the Department of Science, Komenda College of Education, Komenda in Ghana. Mr. Okwei is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS) and also a member of other professional
Zeba Mubarak have his undergrad from the Department of Physics, University of Ghana, Legon. He had his national service at the Department of Physics, University of Ghana as a teaching assistant for one year. He is currently teaching Physics and Elective Mathematics at Hudai Tiwnikli International Ghana Senior High School. I have been part of
Qualification: HND Automotive Engineering; Health, Safety & Environment (OSHA) Cohort 3 radio astronomy training
Organization: Ghana Space Science & Technology Institute (GSSTI)
Profession: Computer Scientist
Qualification: BSC. Mathematics/ICT MSC.Information Technology Cohort 3 radio astronomy training
Organization: University of Education, University of Science and Technology, Ghana Space Science & Technology Institute (GSSTI)
Albert K. Forson
Mphil/PhD Research Student
Profession: Basic School Teacher & Electrical / Electronics Engineer
Qualification: B.Sc(Hons) Electrical / Electronics engineering COHORT 3 Radio Astronomy Training
Organization: Regional Maritime University, Ghana Space Science and Technology Institute (GSSTI)
Ebenezer Abotsi Seyram
Profession: Science Teacher.
Qualification: B.Sc (Hons) Physics and Cohort 3 radio astronomy training.
Organization: University of Ghana, Legon
Joshua is a Principal Technologist at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)-Institute for Scientific and Technological Information (INSTI). His focus is on research works in physics/astronomy, outreaches, science for development and science publications.
Sarah is a science communicator, presenter and science enthusiast, delivering interactive sessions on science and astronomy in schools.
Remote Sensing Technician
A Geoinformation Scientist with a bachelors degree in Geography and resource development, and a master’s in Geo-information science, he has developed strong ability in conceptualizing how locational approach can enhance our effort in solving many of our everyday problems.
Institutions and Companies that have sponsored/partnered the project
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Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC), Ghana Space Science Technology Institute - Accra