Save the date – 2010 ESA/GTTP workshop for science teachers announced
16 September 2010The European Space Agency along with the Galileo Teacher Training Programme are organising a workshop for science teachers at the NEMO Science Centre, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from 7 - 10 December 2010. The workshop is aimed at science teachers of students aged between 11 and 19 years old. A limited number of places will be available and an invitation to apply for a place will be issued on 1 October.
Develop new skills and network with teachers from across Europe
The workshop is the second to be organised by the European Space Agency with the Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP). The GTTP was initiated in 2009 with the long term aim of promoting and supporting astronomy education in classrooms around the world.
Participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to gain practical skills to enable them to enhance their teaching of the physical sciences. New, innovative and inspiring tools and methods will be presented using astronomy and space science as the means for engaging students with science. The programme is designed to provide participants with ample time during the workshop to test the activities and become sufficiently confident with the material to enable them to adapt it to the requirements of their national curricula.
During the 2010 workshop teachers will participate in a diverse programme of activities that will include sessions about how to access and use the ESA science data archives, ESA Education Resources, image processing software, using robotic telescopes in the classroom and much more.
How and when to apply
Places at this ESA/GTTP Teacher Training Workshop are limited; an announcement inviting teachers to apply for a place will be made on the 1 October 2010, check the Teachers Corner on the ESA Education website. The deadline for receipt of applications will be 09:00 CEST on Monday 18 October 2010. Successful applicants will be informed that they have secured a place at the workshop on or before 1 November. The application process will require teachers to briefly describe why they would like to attend and how they could use their new knowledge and skills after the workshop.
Who can apply?
The workshop will be open to teachers of the physical sciences in secondary schools (teaching students aged between 11 and 19 years old) of ESA Member States and Cooperating States*.
* The 18 ESA Member States are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom. Canada, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovenia participate in some ESA projects under cooperation agreements.
The working language of the workshop will be English; participants must have a sufficient command of the English language to enable them to fully participate in the hands-on activities. There is no fee for the workshop and some financial support may be available.
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