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Title of Initiative / Project
European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO)
Name of Organiser
European Space Agency
Start and ending date of the Initiative
Was the initiative carried out in the framework of a funded project?
Type of deliverables
Online course, Teaching Methodology, Video, Didactical resource
Thematic area
Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Biology, Science
Language of the deliverable
Other EU, English
Target Group
Teachers, Students
Description of the initiative
The fall in students taking up classical science and engineering subjects presents a real problem for organisations like ESA. In response to this, ESA's Education Office created the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project. This project uses European space exploration as a means of exciting young people about Science, Engineering and Technology (SET).
The ESERO office provides a direct link between ESA and the education community (students and educators). This allows ESA to support the education community with information, materials and activities geared towards science, engineering and space exploration.
More Information
The idea of this initiative is to provide direct link between the European space agency and teachers and students. The initiative provides:
- Classroom resources: about solar system and universe; about Earth and environment ; about astronauts and the international space station ; about rockets and technology
- Training for teachers: about professional development ; annual summer workshop ; GAlileo teacher training programme
- Hands-on projects for students – simulation of a real satellite; project to act as an astronaut and many others.
Being a pan European initiative man y of the resources and the materials are available in the languages of the European countries who have joined the initiative.
Teachers’ Opinion
It is a wonderful initiative that offers a lot both to teachers and students. And it is not just related to resources and materials but also in terms of professional development and even career development for students, who would want to continue their studies in space sciences. If there were more resources in Bulgarian it would be easier to use them in the teaching practice.
Students’ Opinion
What is fascinating about this project is that you can see how things really happen; not just study boring science but see how science is useful in practice. It is amazing to be able to be like the astronauts – train like them, eat like them, do other stuff too. It would be nice if there were more projects that show what science is actually used for.

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Date: 2015.03.13

Posted by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria)

On the website of the Galileo initiative the lessons are aimed primarily at Physics. There is a large base of different lessons available, informative publications, addressed to all who want to learn more about this issue and to explore material intended for scientists and experts in the field. The only problem that I see and I want to share is that experiments are old-fashioned and the portal could allocate also some time to new discoveries and show new and modern ways for experimentation. However, it is interesting and I would like to say that the site would be useful to anyone who is interested in physics.

Date: 2015.03.13

Posted by Dimitar Rangelov (Bulgaria)

The ESERO initiative is impressive that their purpose is to return the lost interest of students to sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry and also to help their development. ESERO synthesizes lessons in these sciences and most importantly uses video tutorials and online courses. They eradicate the stereotype that science lessons should be taught in a boring way as a dry subject matter; also helping professional and support development of students.It's an initiative that is really helpful, unlike many other that claim they support science studying and then you see it's not helpful at all. One really is getting inlove with space through their lessons. The ESERO office provides a direct link between ESA and the students and teachers. This allows the ESA to support the educational community with information, materials and activities aimed at science, engineering and Aerospace Exploration.

Date: 2015.03.11

Posted by Milena Gosheva (Bulgaria)

The project and all the initiatives, related to it, about contacting space opens up new worlds for students and is very useful for the connection between science and astronomy at school. Kids love the stars and knowledge about them through this portal is very interesting not only for them but for us teachers too. Even students in the upper grades can find their ways to the study of astronomy.


Dissemination Seminar in Florence

31 October 2015 The seminar has been held in ITIS “A. Meucci” one of the schools involved within Goerudio project activities. Its main aim was to promote the results of the project toward a broad sample of stakeholders even overcrossing the number of people directly involved in the production of project outcomes. This purpose has been totally achieved especially thanks to the participation of students and teachers coming from different schools or from other classes instead of those ones directly involved within the project activities.