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SARAO and Oculus announce partnership
SARAO News #02 2018
SARAO and Oculus announced a new partnership in virtual reality for education and science engagement during the official opening of Scifest Africa, South Africa’s national science festival.
The newly appointed Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, was the guest of honour at this event in Grahamstown on Friday, 9 March 2018.
The partnership, announced by SARAO Managing Director Dr Rob Adam, and Oculus Vice-President: Business Development and Partnerships Andy Mathis, will see Oculus provide Rift + Touch virtual reality (VR) sets for use by SARAO in its schools programme and science engagement activities.
VR provides a means for the general public to explore celestial objects and bodies, visit astronomy sites and facilities remotely, and visualise abstract scientific outcomes from astronomy instruments, thereby promoting the public awareness, understanding and appreciation of multi-wavelength astronomy, SARAO and its instruments, and the SKA.
Projects in education and science engagement, as well as the monitoring and evaluation of the projects, will be co-designed by SARAO and Oculus for implementation in 2018. Project outcomes, best practice and impact will be shared at Science Forum South Africa in December 2018, as well as other relevant education and science engagement platforms identified by SARAO and Oculus.
The first collaborative project under this evolving partnership was a workshop at Scifest Africa 2018, co-designed by Jim Adams’ World, the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, North Carolina A&T State University, Oculus and SARAO that introduces participants to augmented, mixed and virtual reality and the fields of astronomy and space science.
SARAO’s Schools Programme will work to identify VR content that is aligned with specific topics in South Africa’s Physical Science curriculum and that will be used to support the teaching of the curriculum in high schools in SARAO’s Karoo operational area.
SARAO has already produced VR content that transports users to the MeerKAT and SKA site outside Carnarvon, Northern Cape, and project plans are being developed for multi-wavelength VR exhibit components through SARAO’s Multi-wavelength Astronomy Public Participation Programme.
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Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor watches on as the President of the Republic of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo cuts the ribbon at the launch of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory.
The launch of the Ghana Radio Astronomy Observatory was covered 119 times in the media between 23 and 25 August 2017:
In Ghana: 24 times
In South Africa: 36 times
In other African countries: 8 times
Internationally: 51 times
The value of these placements is R6 983 234.17.
Last Updated on November 19, 2018