Applications open for new e-technology lab primary teacher workshops

e-technology lab
17 August 2018

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 November and December 2018.

The three-identical technology and robotics workshops for primary school teachers will take place respectively on 12-13 November, 22-23 November and 6-7 December. Interested teachers can chose 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

Teachers at work in the e-robotics lab

During 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?

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:

  • 26 September 2018 for the workshop taking place on 12-13 November 2018. Applicants will be notified by 1 October, whether successful or not. 

Click here to fill in the application form.

  • 26 September 2018 for the workshop taking place on 22-23 November 2018. Applicants will be notified by 1 October, whether successful or not.

Click here to fill in the application form.

  • 17 October 2018 for the workshop taking place on 6-7 December 2018. Applicants will be notified by 22 October, 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

Activities in the e-robotics lab

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 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 @

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