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Applications open for new e-technology lab secondary teacher workshops

03/06/2019 4357 views 14 likes
ESA / Education / Teachers' Corner

Secondary school teachers from ESA Member and Associate States are invited to apply to technology and robotics workshops to be delivered by the ESA Education Office at the e-Technology Lab in the ESA Education Training Centre, located in Belgium.

The two technology and robotics workshops for secondary school teachers will take place respectively on 11-13 September and 23-25 October 2019. Interested teachers can chose to apply to one of the two workshops only.

The number of available places is limited, so apply now so as not to miss this opportunity!

What to expect.  The e-Technology Lab workshops make use of a range of educational technology tools (including but not limited to LEGO, Astro Pi and Arduino) within the context of space to enable participating teachers to engage and inspire their students in STEM subjects. Teachers will also learn how they can make use of these educational tools to participate in ESA classroom projects with their students. Selected teachers will receive further information on the content of the workshop that will be delivered.

Secondary teachers building an automatic plant watering system using Arduino
Secondary teachers building an automatic plant watering system using Arduino

Who can apply?
The workshops are open to secondary school teachers of STEM-related subjects residing and working within any ESA Member State. Teachers from Slovenia and Canada may also apply, due to specific agreements with ESA. Priority will be given to teachers who have never attended any ESA e-Technology Lab (formerly e-robotics lab) workshop before.

How and when to apply
Teachers wishing to participate should fill in the relevant application form.

The deadlines to submit applications are: 

  • 1 July 2019 for the workshop taking place on 11-13 September 2019. Applicants will be notified on 5 July 2019, whether successful or not.

Click here to fill in the application form.

  • 1 September 2019 for the workshop taking place on 23-25 October 2019. Applicants will be notified on 6 September, whether successful or not.

Click here to fill in the application form.

Note: ESA reserves the right to close the application window earlier than the given deadline if a sufficient number of quality applications are received. In such case, an announcement will be posted on the ESA Education Facebook page.

Teachers attending the workshop
Teachers attending the workshop

Workshop details
The workshops will take place at the ESA Education Training Centre at ESEC-Galaxia, located in Transinne, Belgium. Further practical details will be communicated directly to the selected teachers.    

The working language of the workshop will be English. 

Attendance to the entire workshop is mandatory

Sponsorship and costs
Selected teachers should arrange their travel from their departure point in an ESA Member or Associate State to the location of the training course, and back to their original departure point. Travel expenses will be covered by ESA up to a maximum of 200€ per teacher. These expenses will be reimbursed to the teacher’s bank account after the event, on production of valid, original receipts.

For the duration of the workshop, accommodation, catering, and local transportation will be organised, booked, and paid for by ESA’s Education Office. Teachers will be sharing hotel rooms.

Teachers are responsible for their own arrangements for passports, visas, and any additional insurance required.

If you have any questions, please email