The West African International Summer School for Young Astronomers (WAISSYA) is a program held every two years in West Africa. At each summer school, there are approximately 60 participants, mainly undergraduates, from across West Africa. Organized and taught by a collaboration of international astronomers, the main goals of WAISSYA are:
1. To empower West African students to pursue science and think scientifically about the world
2. To exchange ideas on education between West Africa and North America
3. To build a foundation for sustained astronomy partnership between West Africa, Canada, and the International community
4. To build a critical mass of astronomers in West Africa….
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To achieve those goals, the innovative WAISSYA program is informed by research in science education: it focuses on developing instructors’ teaching practices, and on “inquiry”, a paradigm in which students ask and investigate their own mini-research questions in small teams. We use research-based surveys and student reflections to measure student learning, and revise our curriculum for future summer schools based on the results. WAISSYA alumni are now attending graduate programs across the globe including in countries such as Canada, Portugal and Cameroon, as well as serving as teachers, scientists and engineers at home. For the 2017 WAISSYA Application/Registration, visit the application website here or click the link straight to the form here
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