ALMA Observatory Launches Website for Children

Screenshot of the ALMA Kids website

ALMA Kids is a new mini-site created especially for children. The colorful site aims to familiarize them with astronomy, expand their understand of the Universe, and help them appreciate the contribution of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). The content of this new ALMA educational space includes comics, discoveries explained in simple words, videos, and games, all within a playful design.

This website has both Spanish and English versions. It was launched on May 27, 2014, as part of the Santiago Student Science and Technology Fair in Chile. At the fair, children of all ages, from preschool to high school, will exhibit the scientific projects they have completed in public schools in the district of Santiago. At ALMA’s booth, visitors will be able to learn about astronomy and the functioning of the largest radio telescope in the world. There will also be opportunity to take pictures with Talma, the main character in the virtual tour on the ALMA Kids web site.

“Children are the future of society. It is very important for us to reach out to them and motivate them with science, as those children will soon amaze us with their discoveries,” said Pierre Cox, director of ALMA.

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

ALMA, an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA construction and operations are led on behalf of Europe by ESO, on behalf of North America by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), and on behalf of East Asia by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ). The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.

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