Earth & Space Conference for Junior Cycle Science Teachers

ESERO Ireland, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and Junior Cycle for Teachers present the second edition of the ESERO Ireland Conference ‘Teaching Earth and Space in the Junior Cycle.’ This one day event for teachers ran for the first time in 2018.

Running as part of Space Week with the support of Science Foundation Ireland, this conference aims to continue to support teachers with inspiring and practical approaches to embracing the Earth and Space strand of the Junior Cycle.

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2019: We’re delighted to announce our speakers: Astronomer and Science Communicator Pedro Russo of Leiden University and ESA Education Office’s Rebecca Barnes.

Pedro is project manager for the educational programme Universe Awareness. He is fascinated with the interface between science and society. Pedro was also the global coordinator for the biggest ever celebration of science, the International Year of Astronomy 2009. As a planetary scientist, he worked with the scientific team of European Space Agency’s Venus Express. He will talk on “Astronomy: A Human Adventure.

Rebecca Rebecca Barnes is an ESERO Project Officer in the European Space Agency (ESA) Education Office. She has a degree in physics with astrophysics from the University of Leicester, UK, and previously worked as the education officer for ESA’s Science Directorate as well as in the education and space communications departments of the UK’s National Space Centre. The ESA Education Office is responsible for the Agency’s education programme that brings together young people, aged 4-28 years old from many different nations, via diverse activities designed specifically for different age groups. For school students and their teachers, ESA Education brings space directly into schools as a context through teacher training, classroom activities, and school projects and challenges. Rebecca will explore the many ways in which STEM curricula subjects can be covered by the versatile topic of space, linking to space examples and missions, and how it can spark creativity, inspiration, and aspiration in education. Her talk is “Space for Education; ESA and Education Resources for your Classroom.”

There will be two sets of three parallel workshop sessions. Workshop booking will open on 28 September to all teachers who have registered for the day. Workshops include:

  • ‘Sharing ideas for learning experiences for engagement with Earth and Space’ with the Junior Cycle for Teachers Science Team,
  • ExoWorlds in Focus with Blackrock Castle Observatory
  • Universe 102 developed by CIT’s Niall Smith
  • Engaging with I-LOFAR from I-LOFAR

Participants are welcome to attend a reception at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory on the evening of Friday October 11, 2019, 8pm to 10pm. Pedro will speak at the Open Night, where he will be joined by Chasseurs de Nuits:  “An exhibition for the visually impaired… and for others! Constellations at your fingertips”

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Event Information

  • Dates: Saturday 12th October, 2019
  • Time 9am to 4pm
  • Venue: Cork Institute of Technology
  • Where?: New Venue at CIT: Now at Hospitality and Tourism Building T101
  • Capacity: 100 teachers
  • Workshops: Four different parallel workshops will be offered in two different time slots
  • Lunch: Included
  • Registration: Registration for Workshops will be online from Sept 28. You will be sent a link for registration.
  • Confirmation: Bookings will be confirmed by email, please check your spam folder if you do not receive an email from us

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