Millions of Portuguese use a cell phone, but simultaneously believe in astrology claims. On the other hand, a multitude of scientific laws work perfectly millions of times every...
Millions of Portuguese use a cell phone, but simultaneously believe in astrology claims. On the other hand, a multitude of scientific laws work perfectly millions of times everyday without our perception of them. For instance, when we wake up and put our feet outside the bed, we assume that gravity will work; and it works! Always!
In this highly scientific world, only 6% of Portuguese understand a science article in the newspaper Público. This shows a lack of Functional Literacy.
AstroPT is an online science platform with 40 authors and more than 3 million visits, that intends to create a society with functional literacy.
This is a project in Portuguese language, which distinguishes itself from other projects because it is done by science experts, with credible and multidisciplinary information, and with a strong interaction between experts and visitors. These are unique competitive advantages with no challengers in the world.
The relationship between the media, the public, and the experts, will lead to a pilot of selling an online magazine about the themes already discussed in AstroPT. The goal is to create a place with detailed information about specific subjects in science. The project needs financial help to cover costs with articles, registration, and professional design of the magazine, internet domain, and other administrative tasks.
The impact of increasing functional literacy will lead to a paradigm shift, to more innovation, to an increase of critical thinking, to higher employment, to more empowerment, and above all to a series of spillovers that will create a society where people understand the scientific world surrounding them.
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