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Teach with Rosetta is now online!

16/10/2014 2417 views 21 likes
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ESA Education is proud to present  ‘Teach with Rosetta,’ a new dedicated website filled with information, classroom resources and student activities that link school sciences to Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission to comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko.

Why Teach with Rosetta?
In March 2004, Rosetta started its 10-year interplanetary trip towards a historic encounter with comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko.  Since then, the whole world has been holding its breath and waiting for something that has never  happened in the history of space exploration:  a spacecraft following a comet at close range while it is heading towards the inner Solar System will release a lander on it to explore its rugged and irregular surface and drill its interior… hopefully discovering the secrets of the formation of the Solar System itself!

Just like previous space missions that landed on the Moon, Mars, and Titan, Rosetta has the power to inspire an entire generation. Youngsters in particular may find in Rosetta not only a trigger for their imagination about space and humankind’s origins, but also a source of attraction towards the scientific and engineering challenges behind the Rosetta mission.

Since inspirational teaching is at the base of successful learning, the ESA Education team has decided to leverage on such a unique source of inspiration by providing primary and secondary school teachers with tools meant to  trigger their students’ interest in the Rosetta mission and in the exploration of space in general, as well as with teaching resources and information  they can use in the classroom to run their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curricular activities.

The ‘Teach with Rosetta’ website has been created to be the central hub for such resources and material. It will grow with time, hosting new ESA education resources and links to Rosetta news as they become available during the course of the Rosetta mission, until its end in 2015.

Children during a Rosetta workshop
Children during a Rosetta workshop

Visit us regularly!
The Teach with Rosetta minisite offers classroom material suitable for both primary and secondary schools, information about the Rosetta mission and comets, links to Rosetta’s breaking news, images and videos, as well as educational resources for children’s play time.

In the next weeks and months we will be regularly publishing new resources.  In particular, today’s release includes the two first classroom resources for secondary schools taken from ESA’s new ‘Teach with space’ collection: Marble-ous ellipses and Cooking a comet. These two resources consist of a teacher’s guide, student activities, and an accompanying video that covers curricular subjects such as physics and chemistry.

Stay tuned, and don’t  miss the chance to teach and learn with ESA and Rosetta! 

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