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Space Education International Workshop

30/04/2016 5665 views 17 likes
ESA / Education / Teachers' Corner

Every year, the European Space Agency (ESA) organises a training workshop for teachers in association with the Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP). In 2016, the event joins forces with the European Project, Space Awareness, for a five day workshop in space and education. The event will be held in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 18 to 22 October 2016.

The Space Education International Workshop 2016 invites participants to explore best practices and innovative uses of astronomy and space sciences for education. The event covers the full spectrum of formal and informal education systems. Participants will meet and share ideas, practices, and resources that have been developed and implemented by Space Awareness, GTTP, ESA education, and their partners worldwide.

The workshop will address: the use of inspirational education material; the introduction of space related careers from a young age; and evaluating the impact of exposing children to motivational astronomy activities. Participants will also find out more about ESA Education activities, as well as the latest news from ESA space science and astronomy missions. 

The workshop will include keynote speakers, presentations, discussions, and practical workshops.

The event is open to primary and secondary school teachers, educators, science communication professionals, and policy makers.

Teacher experimenting the magic of light
Teacher experimenting the magic of light


Complete the online form to register for the workshop.
Registration opens on 1 May 2016 and closes on 15 June 2016.

Participation in the workshop is free of charge. Participants are expected to cover the full cost of their travel to and from the Netherlands, their hotel accommodation, and meals, with the exception of one social dinner offered by the organisation.

The city of Leiden is located 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. The workshop will be held in the city centre, within walking distance of Leiden Centraal train station. A list of hostels and accommodation will be published when registration opens.

Teachers are welcome to attend the workshop on Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October if they are not able to come for the full programme.

ESA and Space Awareness will offer a limited number of grants towards the costs of hotel accommodation, transportation, and subsistence. Reimbursements will be made after the workshop. Application for a grant will be available as part of the registration process. Notifications will be sent to selected participants on 30 June 2016. Note that only primary and secondary school teachers of STEM-related subjects, residing and working, within any of the ESA Member States and Cooperating States * will be considered for ESA grants. Priority will be given to teachers who have not participated in previous ESA teacher workshops.

*ESA Member States in March 2016
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. 
Cooperating States 
Canada, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Slovakia and Slovenia.

Main Topics

  • Why space for education?
  • Education tools and resources
  • Space science, transdisciplinary, and curricula
  • Space to foster diversity and inclusion
  • ICT and inquiry in space education
  • Evaluation and assessment
  • Introduction of space careers
  • Current space missions and global concerns


Tuesday 18 October

13:30 - 14:00 Welcome and registration
14:00 - 14:30 Opening talk
14:30 - 15:00 Keynote speech 1
15:00 - 16:00 Keynote speech 2
16:00 - 17:00 Tour of Leiden University’s Old Observatory
19:00 Welcome dinner


Wednesday 19 October

09:30 - 10:30 Plenary session
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Presentations and discussions
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel sessions
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel practical workshops


Thursday 20 October
(Day at ESA-ESTEC: European Space Research and Technology Centre))

07:45 Bus to ESTEC
08:30  Registration
09:00 Welcome
09:00 - 11:00 Invited ESA speakers and ESA education
11:00 - 12:30 Practical workshops
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 17:0 Tour of ESTEC
17:00 Return to Leiden


Friday 21 October

09:30 - 10:30 Plenary session
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel sessions
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel workshops 1
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Parallel workshops 2


Saturday 22 October

09:30 - 10:30 Plenary session
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 - 12:30 Parallel workshops 3
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:30 Parallel workshops 4
15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 - 17:30 Closing session

About the organisers


The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.

The Galileo Teacher Training Program

The GTTP goal is to create a worldwide network of Galileo Ambassadors and Galileo Teachers. These Ambassadors train Teachers in the effective use and transfer of astronomy education tools and resources into classroom science curricula. Through workshops, online training tools and basic education kits, the products and techniques developed by this programme can be adapted to reach locations with few resources of their own, as well as computer-connected areas that can take advantage of access to robotic optical and radio telescopes, webcams, astronomy exercises, cross-disciplinary resources, image processing and digital universes (web and desktop planetariums).

Space Awareness

Space Awareness uses the wonders of the Universe and excitement of space science to raise the interest of children from 8 to 18 in science and technology and inspire them to become the new generation of space explores. It offers a range of activities to support the inclusion of space in formal and informal education for teachers in primary and secondary schools, science educators, and science communicators. Space Awareness is an international network with national contacts in 22 countries in Europe and Africa. Its resources are available in 8 languages.

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