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ESEO mission updates

Education News - ESA Education - Thu, 05/23/2019 - 17:58

After having started its in orbit commissioning, since a few weeks the ESEO mission has been experiencing an anomaly. The educational path of the ESEO students however continues.

The ESEO AMSAT-UK radio payload was successfully activated in the morning of 12 April 2019, and it started transmitting its payload telemetry. These data were received by many radio amateurs around the globe.

Climate Detectives Student Teams awarded at the Living Planet Symposium 2019

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 18:29

Students from the winning teams of the LPS 2019 Climate Detectives School Award travelled to Milan, Italy, this week to attend for a full-day ESA's Living Planet Symposium (LPS), the largest Earth observation conference in Europe, to receive their prizes.

ESA and ASI invited student teams participating in the Climate Detectives school project 2018-2019 to submit their investigations for the LPS 2019 Climate Detectives School Award. A joint ESA-ASI evaluation panel had the difficult task of selecting the four winning teams that would be invited to attend the LPS 2019 and present their projects in an award ceremony on 14 May 2019. Teams from Finland, Greece, Italy and Spain were the winners of the LPS 2019 Climate Detectives School Award.

Call for applications for the Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations 2019 training course

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 05/17/2019 - 09:32

Following the success of the ESA Academy’s Ladybird Guide to Spacecraft Operations training courses in the past three years, ESA’s Education Office is offering 30 university students the opportunity to participate again in this course and learn about the fascinating world of spacecraft operations. 

Moon Camp Challenge: and the winners are…

Education News - ESA Education - Tue, 05/14/2019 - 14:11

The European Space Agency, Airbus Foundation and Autodesk are delighted to announce the winners of the Moon Camp Challenge 2018-2019. 

CCSU: Summer Music Institute

I am so excited that this summer, Dr. Missy Strong, the President-Elect of the Feierabend Association for Music Education (FAME), and I are teaching at SMI during the week of July 8-12. Missy is teaching Movement in the Elementary Classroom and I am teaching Chromebooks in the Elementary General Music Classroom.

Continue reading CCSU: Summer Music Institute at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Astro Pi 2018-2019: thousands of student teams ran their computer programs on the ISS

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 05/10/2019 - 11:27

ESA Education, in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, are excited to announce that 4702 teams of students and young people from 24 European countries successfully entered the Astro Pi 2018-2019 Mission Zero challenge, and had their programs run on the International Space Station for 30 seconds each! 

LPS 2019 Climate Detectives School Award: and the winners are…

Education News - ESA Education - Tue, 05/07/2019 - 12:22

ESA and ASI are happy to announce that four Climate Detectives pupil teams have been selected as the recipients of the LPS 2019 Climate Detectives School Award, and will have the unique opportunity to present their project to a professional audience on 14 May at the 2019 Living Planet Symposium (LPS), in Milan, Italy. 

Student sponsorship for participation in the 26th biennial ELGRA symposium

Education News - ESA Education - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 15:30

ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association) will organize both a student poster and oral presentation competition during the 2019 40th Anniversary ELGRA symposium that will take place in Granada, Spain from September 24th to 27th 2019 and a student scholarship competition with the European Space Agency’s Education Office (ESA Education). More information about the symposium can be found here

Encouraging students to present their research and providing mechanisms to fund this has become an essential feature of the ELGRA Symposia. This is aligned to one the association’s principles of promoting student participation and integration within the field of microgravity research.

Fly Your Satellite! 2 update: teams complete Phase D workshop

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 04/26/2019 - 14:53

ESA’s Fly Your Satellite! programme (FYS) gives the next generation of scientists and engineers the chance to develop CubeSats and operate them from space. The six CubeSat teams participating in Fly Your Satellite! 2 attended the FYS Phase D Workshop hosted at ESA Education’s Training Centre in ESEC-Galaxia, Belgium, from 8-12 April 2019. The workshop was prepared by the Fly Your Satellite! team in collaboration with the Training and Learning Programme, as part of the ESA Academy programme.

Update: May The Fourth Be With You Musical Activities

Over the past few years, May 4th has become a celebrated holiday in elementary music classrooms. And even though it falls on a weekend this year, that does not mean we cannot celebrate it. From movement activities to rhythm reading games, May 4th has become a day to celebrate John Williams’s Star Wars literature and, of course, Dave Brubeck’s Take Five. Here are some of my favorite mostly free resources to use on “May the fourth be with you…”:

Youtube Videos for Reading and Performing Rhythms: 

Some of my favorite “play along” videos come from Professor Pedro Morales.

Continue reading Update: May The Fourth Be With You Musical Activities at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Podcast: MusicFirst Profiles in Teaching with Technology

Podcasts have been around for years, but recently there have been a variety of great ones for music education. One excellent podcast is MusicFirst’s Profiles in Teaching with Technology, hosted by the Director of MusicFirst, my good friend Dr. Jim Frankel.

Integrating Technology Effectively into the Elementary Music Classroom

I was honored to be interviewed by Jim for the 8th episode. In this interview, we discuss the benefits of integrating technology into the elementary music classroom. 

Continue reading Podcast: MusicFirst Profiles in Teaching with Technology at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Music, STEAM, and Seesaw: Making beautiful music together

During the month of March, I presented a webinar titled, “Seesaw, STEAM, and Music In Our Schools Month® (MIOSM™): Elementary” for Seesaw in celebration for the National Association for Music Education‘s MIOSM. I felt that this would be a wonderful topic as when elementary music educators think about integrating STEAM into the classroom, their main goal is to keep the music making and music instruction intact.

Seesaw can be a game changer in your elementary music classroom.

Continue reading Music, STEAM, and Seesaw: Making beautiful music together at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Students learn from ESA experts during the Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshop 2019

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 14:17

ESA’s Rosetta mission was an incredible feat of science and engineering. Studying a comet up close, and even landing a probe on its surface, was an apt demonstration of ESA’s abilities. Even though the mission ended in 2016, its benefits live on in the ESA Academy’s Rosetta Science Operations Scheduling Legacy Workshops. The 2019 workshop has just been completed by 30 university students from 12 different ESA Member States and Canada.

Rocket flies for the 2nd Cycle of the Fly a Rocket! programme!

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 04/12/2019 - 11:51

Yesterday 23 students from across Europe (and even further!) saw their student built, and tested, rocket soar into the troposphere marking the culmination of their week at the Fly a Rocket! campaign.

The students have been working hard all week to assemble, test and analyse their payload and rocket, consisting of a suite of sensors, and make predictions on the rocket flight before taking part in the countdown and launch. The rocket, named “Ballistic Re-entry Experiments into the Troposphere”, was launched at 11:53 after a few short delays and reached an apogee of approximately 8km before splashing down safely a few kilometres off the coast.

Moon Camp Challenge finalists selected!

Education News - ESA Education - Tue, 04/09/2019 - 16:17

The Moon Camp Challenge was taken up by over 850 pupils around the world, with 535 participants coming from 15 ESA Member States. Over the past few months students used ESA’s educational resources, Airbus Foundation’s animations and Autodesk’s 3D design tools to create their lunar camps, coming up with the most creative, innovative and suited-to-purpose designs.

All of the entries were judged based on their creativity, feasibility, and quality of the 3D model and of the justification for the designs. The quality of entries was extremely high and the European Space Agency, Airbus Foundation and Autodesk would like to congratulate all the participants for their effort and hard work. From the 294 projects, 20 have been selected as finalists from each category (up to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old).

A panel of experts in space and lunar exploration will now select the 3 best entries from ESA Member States and the 3 best from non-ESA Member States in each category.

Discussing Arts Education and its Impact on Child Development on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato

As a part of the Arts Education focus on the show, Caucus: New Jersey, Dr. Steve Adubato interviewed four of us on the impact of arts education on childhood development. He interviewed Lauren Meehan (Director of the Newark Arts Education Roundtable), Matt Ross (Founder, One River School of Art and Design), Lawrence Tamburri (Executive Director of the Newark School of the Arts), and me. The discussion ranged from topics such as accessibility to the arts in schools to how the arts can have a great and positive effect on students.

Continue reading Discussing Arts Education and its Impact on Child Development on Caucus: New Jersey with Steve Adubato at Music, Education & Technology -MusTech.Net.

Students aim for the stars in the Human Space Physiology Training Course, 2019 edition

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 04/05/2019 - 17:09

50 university students from 13 different Member States and Canada (an Associate State) recently participated in a challenging training course about human life in space. The 2019 edition of the Human Space Physiology Training Course, held from 19 to 22 March, was a collaboration between ESA’s Education Office and Space Medicine Team. Some of the students and experts travelled to ESA Academy’s Training and Learning Facility, European space Security and Education Centre (ESEC- Galaxia), Transinne, Belgium; and the others to the European Astronaut Centre (EAC), Cologne, Germany. The groups at each host site were linked together via videoconference in order to provide a fantastic opportunity for the University students to develop their skills and the experts to share their knowledge.

Astro Pi Mission Space Lab - 135 teams will run their experiments on the ISS!

Education News - ESA Education - Thu, 04/04/2019 - 16:24

After a long process of testing and judging experiments, the European Space Agency and Raspberry Pi Foundation are happy to announce that a record number of 135 teams have been granted ‘flight status’ for Mission Space Lab 2018/2019!

53 teams from Life in Space and 82 teams for Life on Earth have qualified for Phase 3 – Deploy and Phase 4 - Analyse of the European Astro Pi Challenge. The teams’ experiments were selected based on their experiment quality, the code quality and the feasibility of the experiment idea. The selected programs have been tested on ground for 3 hours each,  to ensure the experiment programs will run without errors on board.

Spin Your Thesis! 2020 call for proposals

Education News - ESA Education - Mon, 04/01/2019 - 15:40

Take your science for a spin

The Spin Your Thesis! (SYT) programme of ESA Academy offers master and PhD students the opportunity to design, build and test their own hypergravity experiment in the Large Diameter Centrifuge (LDC) in ESTEC. As it rotates, the LDC is capable of simulating the force of gravity up to 20 times larger than that we experience on the Earth’s surface.  

Galaxia, a new boost for ESA Education

Education News - ESA Education - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 15:30

New Space, quest for innovation and integrated applications, new business models, global challenges: this is the scenario that the ESA Education programme is now even more equipped to address with the inauguration of Galaxia, the new permanent ESA training and learning facility in Belgium.


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