ESERO Space Goes To School

ESERO Space Goes To School is a program that brings real Space Industry professionals to your Primary School classroom via videoconference, for FREE! Your students will have a chance to learn from these experts and to engage with them. We’ve had amazing speakers over the years, including former NASA Astronaut Dan Tani.

The programme is designed to stimulate an interest in Space, and science more generally, while seeking to dispel any bias the students may feel about who can or cannot be a scientist. We want all students to feel from an early age that they can be scientists if they want to.

Speakers are available to book for 30 minute online slots allowing for student Q&A time.  Please note – as these sessions will take place online  you will need a strong WiFi connection.

This programme is extremely popular and spaces fill up fast. To avoid disappointment and to be in with the best possible chance of securing a speaker for your class, we highly recommend you book early when programs are announced. You can register your interest for the upcoming Engineers’ Week Program here.

The program for Engineers Week 2022 can be viewed below. Speakers will be offered according to availability. Engineers Week 2022 will run from the 5th to the 11th March.

It is a condition of participation that a small sample of your students complete a short evaluation survey. Accurate evaluation allows us to continue providing the program for free and ensures we can best amend the programme to serve your students’ needs. Priority consideration for future iterations of the programme, will be given to participants who complete and return evaluation surveys.

Evan Slattery

ISU Alumni

Suited to: Primary

Available: Engineers Week

A Limerick born engineer looking to make his way into the space sector. Evan received bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Limerick. "As the space sector is limited in Ireland I ventured abroad to do a Masters in Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France." Evan will be joining you from Strasbourg and will tell you all about his journey through space academia so far, and how you can do so too!

Aoife Murphy

SSP Alumni

Suited to: Primary

Available: Engineers Week

Aoife Murphy is a recent graduate from Technological University Dublin, formerly Dublin Institute of Technology, with a BE (Hons) focused in Mechanical Engineering. In 2018, she took part in ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations Training Course in ESEC-Galaxia in Belgium. She has also been recently accepted onto the Space Studies Program with the International Space University to be held next year. Aoife would like to share how she became passionate about space, her journey so far, her experience with the ESA course and the International Space University, as well as how she intends to continue pursuing a career in the space sector.

Aisling Shannon

Structures Engineer at ESA

Suited to: Primary

Available: Engineers Week

Aisling’s role at ESA is to ensure that the spacecraft gets to where it needs to go without breaking! The launch of a spacecraft is very tough from a mechanical perspective, lots of shaking and noise and some loud bangs! These shocks and vibrations are the main drivers for the mechanical design of the spacecraft. It is her responsibility to ensure that every part of the spacecraft is going to be able to survive the launch. A lot of analyses are performed to confirm this before we ever build anything.
Aisling will talk about her experience as an engineer at ESA and she would love to for students to show her their enthusiasm about space by showing off their own space projects!

Juan Miro

ESA (Retired)

Suited to: Primary

Available: Engineers Week

Juan has worked in space programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA) for 27 years. He has recently retired from ESA but remains passionate about space and likes talking about its contributions to society. He enjoys explaining space and the underlying Physics to young students and interested public. Juan is Spanish, has a Masters in Industrial Engineering by the Polytechnical University of Barcelona and has worked in Germany and The Netherlands. His wife Gabrielle is Irish and they spend now a lot of time in Co. Louth.

Dr Niamh Shaw

Science Communicator and Performer

Suited to: Primary

Available: Engineers Week

Niamh is a performer, writer & communicator with 2 degrees in engineering & a PhD in science. Passionate about igniting peoples curiosity, she explores crossovers in STEM, art & communication to share the human story of science.
Niamh has set herself a mission to get to space as an artist and citizen. She has created 3 theatre shows, 3 multimedia installations, hit a zero gravity flight, witnessed live launches & landings of astronaut crews, completed over 20 EVA hrs as analogue astronaut at simulated Mars missions, studied & lectured at ISU’s Space Studies Programme, created her first RTÉ radio series ‘Curious Humans’. She has spoken at events including WIRED Live UK, Space Rocks (ESA), NASA Johnson Space Centre, Inspirefest, New Scientist (UK), at academic & space-related conferences, schools, career events & is a regular contributor to BBC’s Sky at Night magazine since 2016. Niamh is also a former Artist in Residence for MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Danielle Wilcox

Resident Astronomer and Telescope Operator

Suited to: Primary

Available: Engineers Week

Danielle works as a Resident Astronomer and Telescope Operator at Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, Ireland, and Coordinator of Space Week Ireland. Danielle didn't originally go to school for astronomy or science; she actually has a degree in Spanish and studied several languages. Danielle found astronomy later in life.

Danielle is passionate about space and one of the main goals of her work is to communicate space, science, and astronomy to students and the public. She organizes many outreach programs throughout the year to make space accessible to as many people as possible.Her favorite part of her job, however, is getting to use the telescope at the observatory. It's a 16" Schmidt Cassegrain Meade LX200R. Danielle works alongside the on-site Astrophysicist gathering images. The research that's done is mainly on blackholes and exoplanets but they also image other target in space to use as educational resources for schools.