Universe is too wonderful to not to share with anyone, specially with children. Unfortunately many children discover the beauty of the Universe bit too late, or some never get to enjoy it. That's why I fully support Universe Awareness (UNAWE) - a program which put its heart and soul into inspiring every child with our wonderful Universe, regardless of the social status.
As I complete yet another orbit around the Sun, I couldn't have celebrated my birthday better than with children from an orphanage in Sri Lanka, doing astronomy!
Thank you for everyone who sent in wishes and helped with the event, specially my dad and aunt for helping with cooking, and Kavindi (UNAWE-Sri Lanka), Kaminda, Gihantha, Tijitha, and Janith for helping with the activities.
|teaching basic astronomy concepts to kids|
|tour around the Universe|
|not only kids, but orphanage staff enjoyed the Universe|
|it's wonderful to see how kids visualize the Universe|
|kids version of the Universe :-)|
|kids with UNAWE - Sri Lanka|
|busy with the "Eggnauts" challenge!|
|teaching kids is such a rewarding experience|
|"Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand"|
|time to test those "Eggnauts"|
|it was a wonderful day|
This was just a tiny effort to show the beauty of the Universe to children. We all need to play our part, continue our effort to educate the future generations, to help them to discover our Universe , to make the world a better place.
On a closing note, please consider making a donation towards “Astronomy in Timor-Leste: Celebrating the Transit of Venus 2012” (a project of UNAWE) – that’s my “Birthday Wish”.