The establishment of latest European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) in Poland has been announced 11 April 2014. The special launch event, hosted by the Copernicus Science Centre in Warsaw, coincided with a day dedicated to ESA and space activities in the Polish capital.
ESERO Poland will join a network of ESEROs that now covers 11 countries. Like its predecessors, the new office will support the use of space as a context in the classroom to attract young people to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
ESERO Poland, which is jointly funded by ESA and the Copernicus Science Centre, will support the Polish primary and secondary education community. The ESERO will be the first point of contact for the Polish teachers who seek information, inspiring and innovative classroom materials, teacher training workshops and conferences that use space in support of their daily teaching. ESERO Poland will also promote awareness of space careers.
As a result, not only will the ESERO contribute to teachers training and improved learning of STEM disciplines, but it will also raise the profile of ESA’s educational activities, the Polish institutions working with ESA, the national space sector and European space industry as a whole.
“The ESERO project aims to respond to the specific educational needs of each country,” said Hugo Marée, Head of ESA’s Education and Knowledge Management Office. “We believe the best way to achieve this is to join forces with national institutions involved in Education, such as the Copernicus Science Centre, in order to accompany students in their educational journey in a way which is consistent with the national curricula and the national context.”
“Inspiring teaching is key to engage young people in the study of sciences and technologies,“ said Weronika Śliwa, Head of the Copernicus Planetarium and future ESERO Poland supervisor. “This is why we will support teachers in areas and subjects which are critical to the teaching and learning of STEM disciplines, hoping to get students excited with sciences and technology and, possibly, attract them to future careers in these fields.”
The opening of the new ESERO office in Poland was announced by Hugo Marée, head of ESA Education and Knowledge Management Office and Weronika Sliwa during the ESA Day event. This event was attended by a number of high-ranking Polish representatives including Grażyna Henclewska, Deputy Minister of Economy, Robert Firmhofer, Director of the Copernicus Science Centre and Paweł Wojtkiewicz, Director of the Polish Space Industry Association.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capabilities and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA’s activities include robotic and manned exploration of the Universe, observing the Earth and studying its global changes, promoting development of advanced spacecraft for navigation and telecommunications, ensuring European independent access to space through its launchers programme, and developing new technologies.
Along with European governments, scientific and industrial partners, ESA recognises the importance of supporting science and technology education to help secure and strengthen tomorrow’s workforce in STEM professional fields.
The European Space Education Research Office (ESERO) project, ESA’s main project to support primary and secondary education in Europe, uses space as a content-rich and inspirational context for the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The objective is to enhance pupils’ literacy and competence in these fields starting from the earliest stages of their educational path, and help them choose a STEM career in the future. The ESERO Poland will join a successful network which, in addition to Poland, covers currently 10 other ESA Member States: Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Sweden and the UK.