¡El Universo es Tuyo! (The Universe is Yours!) is a new education and outreach program that seeks to involve Wisconsin's Spanish-speaking community with activities that demonstrate the excitement and challenges of studying the universe. Such activities include: stargazing, sungazing, afterschool activities for middle school students, public talks, and both an IceCube Masterclass in Spanish for high school students. People of all ages are invited, as well as families, and teachers to join us in this exploration which strives to increase interest in STEM fields.
A main goal of this project is to provide long-term resources that will make astronomy and astrophysics more accessible to the Spanish-speaking community. We also seek to increase awareness of and engagment in STEM careers through highlighting the work of Latino scientists in Wisconsin. Opportunities for students to get hands-on experience through research internships will be provided in order to develop their interests in astronomy and astrophysics.
This project is organized by scientists at the Wisconsin IceCube Particle Astrophysics Center through a partnership with University of Wisconsin-Madison Space Place. Our collaborators are: Centro Hispano, Latino Education Council of Dane County, Madison Libraries, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, University of Wisconsin Arboretum, the PolarTREC program, and HAWC (The High-Altitude Water Cherenkov Observatory) in Mexico, and the IceCube Neutrino Observatory at the South Pole.