Press Release

‘Space’ in the classroom – A subject without boundaries International Space Station Education Conference at ESA/ESTEC from 26 to 28 October 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
September 25, 2001
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The European Space Agency’s TEACH SPACE 2001 Education Conference has
become even more attractive for Europe’s teachers. The first International
Space Station Conference in Europe for teachers will be held between
Friday 26 and Sunday 28 October at the European Space Agency’s ESTEC
centre in Noordwijk in the Netherlands.

Teachers in every discipline are invited to come and exchange practical
ideas on how the International Space Station — the largest international
project of all time – can inspire their students. Once completed, the
450-tonne ISS will have more than 1200 cubic metres of pressurised space –
enough room for seven crew and a vast array of scientific experiments
orbiting around 400 km above the Earth.

TEACH SPACE 2001 is designed to help European teachers use the ISS as a
classroom resource, linking their students to the excitement and
inspiration of the high frontier – where European technology is already
making a vital contribution. The children of today are future scientists,
engineers and space explorers. With the number of students studying
sciences decreasing at a steady rate it is crucial that young people are
inspired and motivated to become more involved in these fields and TEACH
SPACE 2001 can help teachers do just that.

To make the conference even more accessible to Europe’s teachers, ESA is
now offering subsidies as a minimum of Ä 200 towards teachers’
accommodation and travel costs.

Participants are requested to register by October 19, and the conference
agenda is now more appealing than ever.

Participants will encounter Europe’s own astronauts, who will give a
presentation and be available throughout the conference. A European
astronaut will guide teachers through a “virtual tour” of the space
station, and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

TEACH SPACE 2001 will include presentations by ESA representatives from
the agency’s different directorates: Earth Observation — meteorology and
agriculture from space; Life and Physical Sciences — medicine, industry
and the environment; Space exploration — the way ahead in the solar
system.

There will be an exhibition of projects, materials and publications
currently available: hands-on projects designed for the classroom for
teachers and by teachers. And there will be working group sessions in
which teachers can exchange ideas and tell ESA the kind of educational
material they need and expect in the future.

Media representatives wishing to attend the opening session on the 26
October (01:00 p.m.) are kindly requested to fill out and return the
attached registration form.

More information on the conference and how to enter projects can be found
on:
http://www.estec.esa.nl/TEACHSPACE_2001/

For more information on the TEACH SPACE 2001 conference please contact:
Barber Uijl at ESA/ESTEC : + 31 71 565 4626 or via e-mail:
[email protected]


TEACH SPACE 2001 – 26 October 2001 – 01.00 p.m.

ESA/ESTEC, The Netherlands

Keplerlaan 1, Noordwijk


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SpaceRef staff editor.