Exploring and Understanding Space
Space is a theme that can inspire young people to get involved in all types of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) subjects. It provides the context for setting up highly engaging projects designed to help students develop the inquiry skills they need in today’s rapidly changing world where knowledge alone is no longer enough. Space-inspired projects can bring the joy of discovery into the science classroom, helping students to learn what it takes to be a great scientist as well as the value of contemporary science to our everyday lives.
This free workshop is designed to introduce Flemish Science Teachers to some of the exciting, imaginative projects supported and helped by the European Space Agency’s educational initiative ESERO. It will also include an introduction to the Inspiring Science Education project supported by the European Commission to provide access to inspirational digital resources and learning opportunities. Additionally, the hosting observatory will give an overview of the astronomy education activities they offer to schools.
Here is an example of 2 of the ESERO projects in which you can get involved:
ROSETTA is Europe’s absolutely unique comet chaser that set off more than 10 years ago to explore a comet as it orbits the sun. This Summer it reaches its goal, and in November it will attempt to release the Philae lander, which carries a suite of instruments for imaging and sampling the comet. Teachers can bring the excitement into their class by setting up their own ROSETTA inspired experiments aimed at exploring the dimensions of space and how physical phenomena like gravity work. ESA is producing many new classroom resources that refer to the ROSETTA mission, covering several curricula topics in courses of physics, chemistry, geography and biology. ESERO helps the teachers to use them.
Take a look at this film - Rosetta: the ambition to take science fiction into science fact
ASGARD provides an opportunity for students to set up projects to explore near-space flight conditions. It does this by allowing schools to set up experiments to run in an atmospheric balloon at a spectacular height of 30 to 40 km above the ground.
When? Wednesday 5 November 2014 - from 14.00 to 17.00
Who? Higher secondary school science teachers
Where? Observatory Beisbroek (Cozmix Planetarium), Zeeweg 96, 8200 Brugge
Register? Registration before the deadline of 31 October is necessary to reserve a place. Click here to register. Please note that there are a limited number of spaces. This workshop will be delivered in Dutch.