Redefining Astronomy Summer Camps in the Age of the Pandemic: a Break from the IAYC's 50-Year History

Eva-Maria Ahrer, Melanie Archipley, Hannah S. Dalgleish, Daniel J. Mortimer

Submitted on 31 October 2022


The International Astronomical Youth Camp (IAYC) is a 50-year old summer camp, where participants work independently on astronomy projects. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 instalments of the IAYC were cancelled, a first in the camp's history. An online format was established dubbed the eIAYC, consisting of three types of activities: (1) an engagement series with astronomical talks and workshops; (2) small independent research projects; and (3) a non-astronomical program involving a range of social activities. Here we present the experience of adapting an in-person camp into an online alternative in order to further the IAYC's mission. We discuss organisational challenges, experiences with online engagement, and how the 2020 eIAYC informed plans for this year's eIAYC.


Comment: 2 Pages, 1 Figure, published as part of the proceedings of the Communicating Astronomy with the Public (CAP) conference 2021

Subjects: Physics - Physics Education; Astrophysics - Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics