ESA Summer Workshop for Teachers 2014
This year, ESA has organised -once again- a Summer Workshop for secondary school teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related subjects. The workshop was held at ESA’s European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. It took from the 21st to the 25th of July 2014 and with a total attendance of 40 teachers from 17 ESA Member States.
During the event we had the opportunity to learn on innovative ways in which space can be used as an engaging context for teaching core topics in STEM subjects while space experts guided us through hands-on practical workshop sessions.
We gained a sound understanding of ESA Education activities and resources at the same time we discovered current ESA missions such as Rosetta – Europe’s comet chaser, and the Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) , Georges Lemaître.
This workshop was a tremendous success! We had the opportunity to not only gain new skills that can enhance our teaching methods but also to meet fantastic teachers from across Europe.
Article and report written by: Tina Michetti, You can read the complete report here (In french)
Tags: European Union, secondary education, Workshop
Only 40 teachers? Wish there would be both: More interest and more places organized by ESA.
ESA of all organizations out there can really contribute to popularization of STEM similarly to the way NASA does in US, and educating teachers is certainly a great starting point.