India 2012:  the Khagol Rath expedition

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The GalileoMobile expedition, named Khagol Rath or ‘Astro Chariot’, took place between the 2nd and 13th of July 2012 in the Indian state of Karnataka, between the cities of Bangalore and Mysore. We exposed around 1680 students, 100 teachers, and 420 local people to modern Astronomy. In Karnataka there are many places where the access to Astronomy is limited or non-existent. During our stay we traveled by minibus to visit 12 villages and towns which are indicated on the map: rural Bengaluru (Bengaluru), Malur, Srinivaspur, Sidlaghatta, Thodagere, Alanahalli, Kunigal, Koppa, amanagara, KM Doddi, Channapatna and Mandya.

The experiences were recorded in a beautiful photo-book.

Route followed by GalileoMobile in the south of India between Bangalore and Mysore.

Six GalileoMobile team members carried out astronomical activities in schools in close collaboration with the Indian Institute of Astrophysics. Local students/astronomers and amateur astronomers from IIA and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru helped us in contacting the schools and with translations into the local language, Kannada, when necessary. Above all, they partook in the activities with the children and will keep the contact with the schools and do follow-up activities. This expedition also focused on the involvement of local teachers in the astronomical activities to create a lasting impact that will go beyond our time in India. A teacher training program initiated by our collaboration with GTTP provided the necessary skills to work with local teachers. 
 
This expedition was sponsored by the following institutions: