Why this Article was Picked as an Award-Wining Science Story?
“SCIENCE” has been one of my favorite magazines since I was 10. This science journal is published by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This famous magazine, which is sold all over the world, has catchy headlines with beautiful pictures and is easy to read and understand
Today, I would like to introduce one of the award-wining science stories from AAAS.
“Astronomical Perspectives for Young Children” is an essay about the “Deadly Moons” workshop held by Universe Awareness (UNAWE), an astronomy education and outreach program targeting 4 to 10 year old kids in underprivileged environments.
This story was written by Carolina J.Ö.G. and Deirdre K. and published by AAAS in 2011. They introduced the “Deadly Moons” workshop where students can interactively learn about moons and the other solar systems. This program gives kids a chance to appreciate the scale and beauty of the universe, empowering them to think independently and bringing them closer to each other. They mentioned that these events present the perfect experience to link kids and educators worldwide, so that even though children from around the world are different, they can share knowledge, a desire to learn, and an understanding of the space around them and their world in it.
Personally, I really enjoyed the essay but why was their article picked by the judges as an award-wining science story? What kind of evaluation criteria do you think they are using?
First of all, some of the rules of eligibility for the award called Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) are
- The project must focus on science education
- The resources described must be freely available on the internet
- The project can be targeted to students or teachers at the precollege or college level, or it can serve the informal education needs of the general public
- The internet resources must be in English or include and English translation
In my opinion, this essay passed all of the criteria. However, I think the judges also considered the goals of AAAS, which is to
- Enhance communication among scientists, engineers, and the public
- Promote and defend the integrity of science and its use
- Strengthen support for the science and technology enterprise
- Provide a voice for science on societal issues
- Promote the responsible use of science in public policy
- Strengthen and diversity the science and technology workforce
- Foster education in science and technology for everyone
- Increase public engagement with science and technology
- Advance international cooperation in science
To be honest, even though I have known SCIENCE for more than 10 years, I did not know about their goals till now. However, looking back on them now, every magazine accomplished these goals.
Here is my question: do you agree that the essay “Astronomical Perspectives for Young Children” fulfills these goals for AAAS?
Reference: Carolina O., Deirdre K. (2011) Asronomical perspecives for youg children. AAAS. SCIENCE. Vol.333. 26 Aug.