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ESA Education

Published: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:14:00 +0200

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Students learned about Rosetta’s science operations scheduling in new workshop

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:14:00 +0200


ESA’s Rosetta mission was a marvel of modern science, successfully orbiting a spacecraft around a comet, and even landing a probe on the surface! Although the mission has ended, its legacy lives on in many forms. One of these is the Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop.

22 university students from 9 different ESA Member and Associated States participated in this first-of-its-kind workshop. Running in early October 2017, it was hosted at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESEC, in Belgium. The workshop gave students the opportunity to learn about science operations scheduling, with the Rosetta mission as a real-life example.

Space lands in Spanish classrooms with ESERO Spain

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:44:00 +0200


ESA’s new ESERO office in Spain was formally inaugurated today in Granada. Hosted at Parque de las Ciencias, ESERO Spain joins the existing ESA ESERO network, which, for over a decade, has acted Europe-wide in support of national school education systems with innovative science teaching and learning strategies that use space as a context. 

Mission accomplished for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Course 2017

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 14:14:00 +0200


In September 2017 the second student edition of the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training course was held at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, ESA-ESEC, in Belgium. The four-day course was designed to give an overview of how spacecraft are operated in space, and the pitfalls to be avoided during both operations and testing. 

Students shoot for the Moon in ESA’s Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2017

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 15:13:00 +0200


Concurrent Engineering is a method of designing and developing products for the space sector. Contrary to traditional design methods, in concurrent engineering all subsystems are designed simultaneously. As this is so different to conventional approaches, ESA has started holding Concurrent Engineering Workshops to help the next generation of scientists and engineers appreciate the benefits it provides.

Send your proposal for the 8th European CanSat Competition!

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 18:05:00 +0200


ESA’s Education Office is  happy to announce the opening of the Call for Proposals for the 2018 European CanSat Competition! The competition will be held between 27 June  and 1 July  2018.

This call is open to secondary school student teams (14 to 20 years old) residing in one of the following ESA Member and Associate States: Estonia, France, Hungary, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Canada, Slovenia. 

2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities – Registration now open!

Mon, 02 Oct 2017 14:16:00 +0200


Are you a university student, or a university professor or researcher, that participated in an educational programme about space, and you want to share your experience with the community of those interested in space educational activities?

Or possibly you are a university student who wants to participate in an educational programme about space? 

Or maybe you represent a company, organisation or agency that provides, or has an interest in space educational activities?

If so then the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities is the forum for you, and registration is now open

The 2017-2018 European Astro Pi Challenge begins!

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:32:00 +0200


The call for the 2017-2018 European Astro Pi Challenge is open! For the second consecutive year, ESA is inviting teams of school students up to 19 years old to join the challenge and run their computer codes on the International Space Station (ISS).

High HyMPaCT science with a Twistosity

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:56:00 +0200

Last week, two teams of university students successfully completed their investigations in hypergravity at ESA’s Large Diameter Centrifuge facility or LDC. For the past 8 years, the ESA Education Office has exploited this resource, thus complementing the vast array of platforms from micro- to hypergravity made available to students for research purposes.

The LDC was built in 2008 in the European Space Research and Technology Centre in the Netherlands specifically for research focusing on altered gravity environment experiments. Through the Spin Your Thesis! Programme, university students can competitively gain access to the facility and run their research projects. 

Save the date: the European Astro Pi Challenge is back!

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 15:49:00 +0200


Following the huge success of its first edition, ESA is happy to announce that the European Astro Pi Challenge is back for the 2017-2018 school year, giving more students the exciting opportunity to run their codes on the International Space Station (ISS). Save the date, as the official launch of the 2017-2018 European Astro Pi Challenge is on 25 September.

Your chance to give inputs in the next human outpost in space!

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 17:38:00 +0200


Do you have ideas on how the next generation of space station can be utilised for the education of students? Send us your ideas for the educational use of the future Deep Space Gateway human outpost.

Read below and submit your ideas not later than 13 November 2017, 23:59 CET.

What is the Deep Space Gateway?

Apply now - ESA/GTTP Teacher Training workshop returns for 2017 edition

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:45:00 +0200


The ESA/GTTP Teacher Training workshop is back for 2017 and will take place 21 – 24 November at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. This will be the eighth in a series of ESA teacher workshops run in association with the Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP). The workshop is open for application until 09:00 CEST on Monday 2 October 2017. 

What to expect

Participants at this workshop will have the chance to explore inspiring and innovative uses of astronomy and space sciences in the classroom. Teachers attending will be presented with a diverse workshop programme consisting of practical sessions on ESA Education activities, and lectures from ESA experts. Participants will also find out more about activities and resources from the GTTP as well as the European project, Space Awareness. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to meet with their peers from across Europe to share ideas and practices.

SSEA - call for abstracts now open

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 12:27:00 +0200

On behalf of their partners at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), the ESA Education Office is delighted to announce that the Call for Abstracts for the 2nd Symposium on Space Educational Activities is now open.

Applications open for ESA Robotics Teacher Training Workshop

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 15:01:00 +0200


Lower secondary school teachers from ESA Member States* are invited to apply to a unique training module on robotics.

Students wanted for the Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:57:00 +0200


Between 2014 and 2016, ESA’s comet mission Rosetta commanded the world’s attention. Although the most publicly visible moment came in November 2014 with the bumpy landing of Philae onto the surface of the comet, the whole two years at the comet presented unique challenges for the Rosetta team and in particular the Rosetta science operations group who performed the science scheduling of the mission.

Quantum Technologies in Space

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 14:00:00 +0200


From 11 to 14 September 2017, a variety of stakeholders in space agencies, space industries, and scientific communities will be meeting in Lisbon for a training workshop on ‘Quantum Technologies in Space’.  

Getting ready for CanSat 2018: guidelines and timeline

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:24:00 +0200


After an exciting launch campaign in Bremen a couple of weeks ago, it’s now time to start thinking about the future! Here are the guidelines and timeline of the 2018 European CanSat competition.

Happy faces at ESA’s Summer Teacher Workshop

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:00:00 +0200


Fifty European teachers took part in 4 days of challenging classroom work at ESA’s Summer Teacher workshop last week!

The first of two identical workshops organised by ESA for primary and secondary school teachers in 2017, this workshop took place in Leiden, the Netherlands, from 11 to 14 July. The second workshop will be held in October 2017 (all available places have already been allocated).

Help your students become young astronomers with CESAR!

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 14:01:00 +0200


CESAR is an  educational ESA initiative whose main objective is to engage school students with the wonders of astronomy and, more generally, science and technology. CESAR stands for ‘Cooperation through Education in Science and Astronomy Research.’

The 2017 European CanSat Competition winners are…

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:16:00 +0200


More than one hundred students from all over Europe participated in the 2017 European CanSat Competition, organised by the European Space Agency and hosted by ZARM in Bremen with the help of local partners, which took place from 28 June to 2 July.   The winning teams were announced on 1 July.   The  ‘La Burgoneta Espacial’ team from Spain won first prize,  while  Ireland’s ‘Canny Potter’ and Poland’s  ‘CANpernicus’ ranked second and third respectively.

Students get to grips with gravity at ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School 2017

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 16:44:00 +0200


After the success of the first ESA/ELGRA Gravity-Related Research Summer School in June 2016, the ESA Education Office and ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) decided to repeat the experience. So, in late June 2017, the second edition of this Summer School was held at ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Centre, in Belgium.

Let the 2017 European CanSat Competition begin!

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 12:11:00 +0200


This week 15 teams have gathered in Germany to participate in the 2017 European CanSat competition. 13 national competition winners, together with two national teams selected by ESA, will take part in an exciting launch campaign hosted at the Rotenburg Airfield & ZARM facilities, from 28 June to 2 July. 

Inspiring call

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 12:35:00 +0100

On Tuesday January 24, teachers from Romania, Ireland, and Portugal, had the opportunity to talk live with ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet on the International Space Station (ISS).

Teams selected!

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 10:16:00 +0100

Six new CubeSat missions selected for next cycle of Fly Your Satellite!

Education at ESA

Mon, 10 Dec 2012 10:46:00 +0100

A mission to inspire and engage youngsters