inspiring every child with our wonderful cosmos

European Universe Awareness UK Project

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EU-UNAWE follows the same vision as UNAWE: to use the beauty and grandeur of the Universe to inspire young children and encourage them to develop an interest in science and technology. The programme also aims to introduce children to the idea of global citizenship and tolerance at a crucial stage of their development – to show them that they are part of an international community. Until the advent of UNAWE, there were no large scale attempts to use astronomy as a tool for inspiring and educating young children. Therefore, while our resources are open to all, the programme is aimed at young children, especially those from underprivileged communities.

A child's early years are widely regarded to be the most important for their development and education. The idea behind EU-UNAWE is to educate children aged 4-10 years about astronomy, because it embodies a unique combination of scientific and cultural aspects.

Our awe-inspiring Universe captures the imagination of children, making it a great stepping-stone to introduce youngsters to science and technology. Indeed, many scientists can trace their interest in science to a moment as a young child when they were first introduced to the wonders of the cosmos. Considering the vastness and beauty of the Universe and our place within it provides a special perspective that can help broaden the mind and stimulate a sense of global citizenship and tolerance.


EU-UNAWE is funded through the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° 263325