The COST example for outreach to the general public: I love my Sun

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TULUNAY Y., Crosby N. B. , Tulunay E., Calders S., Parnowski A., Sulic D.

JOURNAL OF SPACE WEATHER AND SPACE CLIMATE, vol.3, 2013 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 3
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1051/swsc/2013026
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


It is important to educate children about the important role that the Sun has in their lives. This paper presents an educational outreach tool entitled "I Love My Sun'' that has been developed for school children in the approximate age range of 7 through 11 years. The main objective of this tool is to make children aware of space weather, the Sun, Sun-Earth relations and how they, the children, are part of this global picture. Children are given a lecture about the Sun. The lecture is preceded and followed by the children drawing a picture of the Sun. In this paper the background behind the "I Love My Sun'' initiative is given and it is described how to perform an "I Love My Sun''. The main results from events in Turkey, Belgium, Ukraine and Serbia are presented.