The upcoming Living Planet Symposium in Prague will host a School Lab with experiments, demonstrations and presentations for local secondary school students.
At the previous Living Planet Symposium, held in 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland, over 100 students and educators from the UK took part in the School Lab, which gave participants the opportunity to learn about the science and technology behind Earth observation through half-day sessions of lab experiments and demonstrations.
This gave a real-life confirmation of the skills they had discovered through schools courses in geography, physics, chemistry, mathematics, biology and general science, highlighting the many applications and importance of Earth observation, and providing guidance on careers in the space sector.
This year will provide local teachers and 16–18 year-old students with the science and technology behind satellite observations, along with new experiments and presentations. An estimated seven sessions, of 2.5 hours each, will be held with up to 40 participants per group. This means that some 300 students could be participating.
The DLR German Aerospace Center and ESA will carry out some of the experiments, involving a thermal-infrared camera, a laser scanner for 3D reconstruction on the computer, and a spectrometer. The Czech ESERO project of ESA Education, the Charles University of Prague and the UK National Space Academy will contribute with presentations and demonstrations.
To register for the Living Planet Symposium School Lab and to find out about session times, please select the link below:
The School Lab is organised by ESA, ESERO CZ, DLR, Charles University in Prague and the UK National Space Academy.