Comments from the organizers

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Lectures

floresinicio_am.jpg10 am: Children of the Stars
Lecture by Ana Mourão
Audience: students 7-12 grades, full auditorium



An extremely efficient local organization at the School. Very enthusiastic students. Full auditorium, more than 150 students, grades 7-12 (ages 13-18 yo). Students were aware of the basic notions about the big bang and the expansion of the Universe and were able to follow easily the notions about the standard model of particles and interactions, expansion and cooling of the Universe, formation and the life cycle of stars and formation of the heavy elements. Again, the fact that we are waste of stars sounds quite incredible and hard to believe. But again, the fact that we are waste of stars sounds quite incredible and hard to believe.
By talking with the students we understood the relevance of the internet to break the isolation in such places like Flores, and this was confirmed by the teachers.

written by Ana Mourão

floresil_jpeg.jpg 11 am: Our Star
Lecture by Ilídio Lopes
Audience: students 10-12 grades, full auditorium



The teachers have acknowledge the presentation of the talk, namely, because they have the
opportunity to update their knowledge about the Sun, the interaction the Sun with the solar system, and the Sun earth interaction. Students have asked questions about the solar sunspots and the Sun seismic activity.
The high quality of images presented, namely obtained from the solar missions, such as the SOHO mission was proven a grate success.

written by Ilídio Lopes

flores_am.jpg 2 pm: Children of the Stars

Lecture by Ana Mourão
Audience: students 4-6 grades, full auditorium



This lecture was probably the most stressful lecture, due the the age range, the background and the topics to be covered. For instance,kids in the audience were not supposed to know what is an atom. Despite this fact, I have decided to keep as much as possible all the basic notions of the Big bang model, standard model of particles and interactions. And with their permission…
Indeed, in the beginning of the lecture, I have asked the audience permission to do so. I know that they
are able to fix hundreds of names of Pokemon’s and other equivalent toy’s so I have asked to give just few “names”, less than 10, like leptons, quarks, electrons, protons, neutrons, neutrino …
With the agreement of the audience I gave almost the same lecture as in he morning. I mean that I have touched almost the same subjects. I can say that I was surprised by their interest, which was also witnessed and recorded by the camera of the journalist of the RTP-Azores .
A very pleasant surprise came in the end.
After the lecture some kids, about 40, did not want to leave the auditorium. They were just seeting and looking at me, with a smile in their faces.
Than one little girl said: - “Senhora” please tell us another story.
At that moment I have realized that some of the main discoveries in science in the XX century have just been resumed as a “story”. And I was asked to tell another one.
“Why the Moon does not fall to the Earth” was the next story…

I emphasize one again the extremely efficient local organization at the School. The students for this session came from other places of the Island by the School Bus.
As a result, we had all students of the Island (!!!) participating in the 100 Hours of Astronomy Program.
In the evening we had some of their parents too (see bellow)

written by Ana Mourão

Program for general public

floresjdd_jpeg.jpg 8:30 pm: The Universe´s Machine
Lecture by Jorge Dias de Deus, President of CENTRA
Audience: General Public, about 50 participants



The public Lecture was by Jorge Dias de Deus, President of CENTRA, on “The Machine of the Universe”. We should say that the Island of Flores was isolated for 2 days due to bad weather conditions. All flights canceled… but the SOMAGUE private flight. For this reason the public lecture and the observations were postponed to April 2nd. We highlight the fact that the direction of the School decided to open the 100 Hours of Astronomy celebrations for general public.
The lecture took place at night and, despite this fact, we had about 50 participants, mostly
students and their parents.

Few hours of enthusiastic discussions about religion and science followed the public lecture, in parallel with the astronomical observations.
As usual, we ended up with so many questions in one side, so many doubts in the other.

written by Ana Mourão and Jorge Dias de Deus

100ha_latenight_jpg_jpeg.jpg 22:00 pm: The Moon, Saturn, Vega and much much more
Astronomical Observations
led by: Dário Passos (CENTRA) and Miguel Cunhal (ASTRO-NFIST)
Audience: General Public, about 50[/b]

Telescopes used:150mm Newtonian telescope with equatorial mounting (ASTRO-NFIST)
Newtonian Telescope 114mm (EBS Flores)
Dobsonian Telescope 200mm (EBS FLores)

Observations took place at the School garden under cloudy weather. Just late night we had few moments of clear sky.
Despite the bad weather conditions we were able to see the Moon, Saturn, the Pleiades, Orion nebula, Alcor and Mizar and other astronomical objects.
We also had “a sky walk” presenting some of the Constellations and the associated mythology.

No doubt the mountains of the Moon are always impressive.

We want to emphasize that this was an excellent opportunity to help the teachers from Flores to use their one telescopes. Details of night observations were discussed: how to select the most impressive and easiest to find objects, the planning an observational session. It was also discussed the best method and the special care required to observe the Sun with the telescope. The work with the teachers was considered a relevant legacy for the future.

The 100 Hours of Astronomy in Flores had a very positive impact in the media. Both the participants and the organizers shared the opinion that it is very important and stimulating to participate in such worlwide initiatives.

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