2021 ESERO Space Education Confluence – Space to come together

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Date:Saturday October 2 2021

Time:09:45 - 13:00



ESERO Ireland is delighted to partner with MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) and Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) for the 2021 ESERO Space Education Confluence, the annual professional learning experience supporting teacher engagement with Earth and Space strand of the Junior Cycle.

We used co-creation design principles and we asked you how we could best support Junior Cycle Science Teachers to engage with the Earth & Space Strand. You told us that you wanted a practical element and you wanted to focus on E&S 8 (Students should be able to examine some of the current hazards and benefits of space exploration and discuss the future role and implications of space exploration in society).

With your input we have designed an exciting programme linking Irish and international scientists and engineers from the space sector with the Junior Cycle Classroom. The event will focus on the joint ESA/NASA Solar Orbiter Mission in the context of the hazards and benefits of space exploration.

09.45 Teachers can join the Zoom Platform
10.00 Welcome and Introduction to ESA and ESERO Ireland
10.15 Fireside Chat hosted by Niamh Shaw

Thomas Ormston, Deputy Spacecraft Operations Manager at ESA. “The Mission”
John O’Donoghue, CEO at Enbio, “The Benefits of Space Exploration”
Sophie Murray, Technical Officer at DIAS, “The Hazards of Space Exploration & Space Weather”
Frances McCarthy, Education Officer at BCO, “The Space Classroom”

11.00 Comfort break
11.10 Break-out rooms (All attendees will have time with each of the above presenters for more in-depth discussion and Q&A.)
12.20 Escape Room Challenge
12.45 Plenary Discussion
13.00 Event closes

Thomas Ormston, Niamh Shaw, Sophie Murray, John O’Donoghue and Frances McCarthy