Space Roadshow in Haiti
In June, a team of students and faculty took their “Astronomy Roadshow” to an elementary school in Les Cayes, Haiti. Part of the challenge, says junior math major Thomas Heywoszwas, was that they had to overcome more than just the language barrier and lack of supplies—they also had to figure out how to introduce a hands-on approach to learning.
Heywosz, who is participating in the UTeach program—which prepares STEM majors for teaching careers—helped the Haitian students build telescopes, generate electricity with solar panels and create a crystal radio.
“It took the students a while to open up but then they were so enthusiastic,” he says. “The experience of teaching the Haitian students is something that I will never forget.”