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Introductory course in astrobiology and space technologies for Biology, Chemistry and Physics teachers, Marisel, 3 - 6 September 2015

on 11 August 2015

Teachers of Biology, Chemistry or Physics in secondary or high school education in Romania are invited to register until 18 August at the course for introduction to astrobiology and space technology organised by the European Space Education Resource Office - Romania (ESERO Romania).

The course will take place from 3 to 6 September 2015 at Marisel, in Cluj County, and aims to provide to the 20 participants the necessary knowledge for the use of outer space as an inspiring, interdisciplinary and information-rich context in teaching STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Also, Salina Turda will offer the teachers a sponsorship for visiting the salt mine during the event.

The course will cover topics such as presentation of ESERO Romania, a collaboration between the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), the ESA educational resources, introductory notions of astrobiology, current theories on the origin of life, characteristics of extremophiles, space missions and other experimental activities.

Teachers who wish to apply for one of 20 places available will have to demonstrate competence and interest to disseminate the knowledge and experience gained in the course to other middle school and high school teachers or to a large number of students, in 'pedagogical clubs for teachers, groups of excellence of students or similar bodies, to attract more students to science and space technology. Selection of participants will also take into account a fair geographical distribution.

The event will take place at 'Popasul Iancului' in Marisel, Cluj County. The organisers will provide free tuition, accommodation in a double room and meals for three days, 3 - 6 September 2015, and roundtrip bus travel Marisel - Cluj. Transportation from the place of residence to Cluj and back is the responsibility of the participant.

Teachers who wish to apply should send the completed application form at esero [@] rosa [.] ro until 18 August 2015.

The registration form is available here.

Applicants will be informed on the selection on 20 August 2015.

For further information visit the official website of ESERO Romania.

About ESERO Romania

Launched in 2014 as the result of a partnership between the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA), ESERO Romania is part of a European network currently present in 12 countries on the continent.

ESERO is a project initiated by ESA in order to use fascination of space domain to encourage the teaching and learning of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) in European primary and secondary schools.

Through this center, ROSA and ESA want to meet the specific educational needs of Romania, so that younger generations are encouraged to careers in STEM fields.