Astro Pis will be used to introduce programming and study the environment
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Apply to upcoming e-technology lab primary teacher training sessions

21/11/2018 5612 views 19 likes
ESA / Education / Teachers' Corner

Primary 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, in January, February and March 2019.

The three identical technology and robotics workshops for primary school teachers, all identical will take place respectively on 28-29 January, 7-8 February and 7-8 March 2019. Interested teachers can choose to apply to one of the three workshops only.

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

What to expect

During each of the workshops, teachers will be guided through activities that can be performed in the classroom, such as creating robots using the LEGO WeDO hardware and software and using them to perform a ‘mission on Mars’. Gear and pulleys, energy, and computer programming are among the subjects that will be covered and investigated. Teachers will also be introduced to Astro Pi, a Raspberry Pi computer used to explore computer programming in a space context!

Inspired by real ESA space missions, teachers will learn about the different kinds of expertise and skills necessary to make a space project successful, and how they can use space to engage their students in STEM subjects.

Who can apply?

Teachers will design a rover using LEGO WeDo and use it to explore Mars!
Teachers will design a rover using LEGO WeDo and use it to explore Mars!

The workshops are open to primary school teachers of STEM-related subjects residing and working within any ESA Member or Associate State. 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:

  • 3 December 2018 for the workshop taking place on 28-29 January 2019. Applicants will be notified on 7 December, whether successful or not.

Click here to fill in the application form.

  • 7 December 2018 for the workshop taking place on 7-8 February 2019. Applicants will be notified on 14 December, whether successful or not.

Click here to fill in the application form.

  • 4 January 2019 for the workshop taking place on 7-8 March 2019. Applicants will be notified on 11 January, 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.

Workshop details

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 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 etechnologylab@esa.int