Applications for ESA robotics and automation teacher workshops now open for primary school teachers
18 January 2018
Primary school teachers from ESA Member and Associate States are invited to apply to robotics and automation workshops to be given at ESA’s ESEC centre located in Belgium.
Two robotics and automation workshops for primary school teachers will take place on 22-23 May, 4-5 June.
During the 2 day workshop, teachers will learn how to use space robotics as well as automation (Raspberry Pi) in the context of curricular subjects such as physics and technology, and will discover and master new tools and inquiry-based practices for STEM teaching and learning at school.
Do not miss these opportunities … the number of available places is limited!
What to expect
During the workshops, participants will be guided through activities that can be performed in the classroom, such as creating robots using LEGO WeDO and using them to perform a ‘mission to Mars’ with specific discovery objectives. Gear and pulley combinations, energy resources, and computer programming are among the subjects that will be covered and investigated. Half a day will be dedicated to the discovery of the Raspberry Pi tool and its use in a space context.
Inspired by real ESA space missions, participants will learn about the different kinds of expertise and skills necessary to make a space project successful, and will be given hints about possible science and technology careers.
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.
How and when to apply
Teachers wishing to participate should fill in the application form.
The deadlines to submit applications are:
- 9 April 2018 for the workshop taking place on 22 and 23 May 2018. Applicants will be notified by 13 April on whether their participation to the workshop is confirmed.
- 20 April 2018 for the workshop taking place on 4 and 5 June 2018. Applicants will be notified by 25 April 2018 on whether their participation to the workshop is confirmed.
The workshops will take place at ESA’s ESEC centre located in Redu, Belgium. The programme also includes a visit of ESEC and the nearby Euro Space Centre (ESC). Further practical details will be communicated directly to the selected participants.
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 a 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 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.