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We propose in this page a simple competition for all students in Europe.

In many European towns and cities, walking the streets, we find sundials of various shapes and sizes. Some are old and they were built to be used as a way of measuring time. In many cases the only one available. Others, more modern, are built in prominent places as pure ornament and we can also find sundials in private houses and gardens.

Sometimes we come to small towns lost in the landscape and in the tower of the church or in any manor we find a sundial discolored and damaged by the passage of time. A broken clock but accurate enough.

In our opinion, these sundials that can be found throughout Europe and that some were built in the Middle Ages are part of the European Cultural Heritage.

 

Picture 1: Church of St. Felix in Revilla, Huesca (Spain).
Picture 1: Church of St. Felix in Revilla, Huesca (Spain).

 

Picture 2: Vertical sundial in the Church of St. Felix in Revilla, Huesca (Spain).
Picture 2: Vertical sundial in the Church of St. Felix in Revilla, Huesca (Spain).

 

As it is well know, one of the aims of the EAAE is the knowledge and diffusion of the common culture of a branch of science, Astronomy, which by its interdisciplinary approach allows us to manage other cultural areas where we find again common European contents as in History, Art, Philosophy and Science in general.

Therefore, this competition aims to "rescue" these sundials spread throughout Europe to be known by the public.

So to participate in the competition is only necessary to find a sundial, photograph and study it in the way that it is outlined in the following sections.

The competition is open to any student who wants to participate both individually and in groups of no more than three or four students from school.

Attention to this information

- The registration for participation in Find a Sundial and... Show It To Us competition may take place from September 1st of 2011 to March 30th, 2012.

- The deadline to send the work done to participate is the March 30th, 2012.

- The work shall be mailed to both the project chairperson and webmaster within the period specified.

- The competition winners will be announced the second fortnight of April of 2012 by email to the winners and on our website.