Since 1969, the International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) has given young adults the chance to broaden their horizons, whilst embarking on scientific inquiry into astronomy. Having run more than 50 successful camps, we have overcome a great range of challenges (e.g. logistical, pedagogical, and financial) as well as facing new challenges which continuously arise. To have a greater understanding of the IAYCs impact in the longer-term, we recently carried out a survey completed by 251 people across 54 nationalities, covering every year that the camp has run. The results strongly support that the camp's method is beneficial overall (97%) and has a positive influence upon people's lives (96%) - and 77% have remained in regular contact. We also found that the majority are studying/working in STEM (55%), with 26% in astronomy/astrophysics.
Communicating Astronomy with the Public Conference 2018 2nd Edition
- Pub Date:
- September 2018