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Led by Leiden University, spaceEU is a Horizon 2020-funded project that will implement an exciting Space Outreach and Education programme to motivate and encourage young people to choose space-related careers. spaceEU uses the perspective of space and the Universe to inspire and broaden young people’s minds, develop a sense of European and global citizenship and build long-term partnerships among people from different cultural backgrounds and countries, inside and outside Europe. spaceEU will also lay the groundwork for the possible future establishment of a Knowledge Innovation Community (KIC) in the field of space.

With a new exhibition, a set of educational activities and outreach events, spaceEU innovative and participatory outreach programme will be implemented in ten European countries: Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The spaceEU outreach programme includes a modular and open source new touring exhibition developed by Ars Electronica that brings together space sciences and art to inspire young people and their families. spaceEU educational activities puts forward an innovative, interdisciplinary and practice-based learning methodology – called “spaceEU Lab” – for space education inside and outside the classroom with STEAM approaches aimed at children and youth, specially girls and underserved communities. Their goal is to engage these audiences with and get them excited about space science and careers. The spaceEU public engagement programme promotes a dialogue among space stakeholders through engaging and participatory public formats. These events represent opportunities for young people, their families and the general public to engage with government/policy makers/scientists and to explore topics like space exploration, exploitation of minerals in the solar system or space careers.

spaceEU will engage teachers and teacher-training institutes to promote the uptake of space content in primary and secondary science education. The project will invite educators to co-create and take part in training programmes focusing on space education, space contents and promotion of space-related career paths, including yearly summer schools. spaceEu will foster collaborations with teacher-training institutes to foster the use of space as a medium to promote and increase interest in both STEM education and careers, with each implementation partner organising local training for primary and secondary teachers. Further, spaceEU partner EUN will develop a new Massive Online Open Course to empower teachers from all levels of education as well as leaders of extracurricular activities and parents to teach space-related topics with a focus on climate change.

spaceEU will implement innovative strategies to reach youth and promote space-related topics. It will work closely with young European influencers and make use of the newest trends in online communication. To ensure a lasting impact, the project will lobby textbook publishers for the uptake of space content in textbooks around Europe. And finally, spaceEU partners will also work closely with EU and national policy makers to promote the role of education and public engagement in space strategy for Europe.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain

Coordinator: Universiteit Leiden, https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en

Programme: Horizon 2020

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Target groups: education authorities, general public, industry, parents, policy makers, primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers, youth clubs

Topic: Astronomy, Environmental sciences, Gender in STEM, Education

Start year: 2018

End year: 2020

Url: http://space-eu.org

Contact person: Suzana Filipecki Martins, filipecki (at) strw.leidenuniv.nl

spaceEU will carry out a rigorous evaluation of the impact of the project on promoting space education and reaching students, their families and the general public. spaceEU will produce a new Impact Evaluation Toolkit which combines the project findings with a baseline dataset on scientific interest, literacy and career awareness which will help provide universities and researchers with the tools and skills to make informed decisions and choices in this research area in future.

spaceEU educational activities puts forward an innovative, interdisciplinary and practice-based learning methodology – called “spaceEU Lab” – for space education inside and outside the classroom with STEAM approaches aimed at children and youth, specially girls and underserved communities. The project will also engage teachers and teacher-training institutes to promote the uptake of space content in primary and secondary science education. The project will invite educators to co-create and take part in training programmes focusing on space education, space contents and promotion of space-related career paths, including yearly summer schools.

spaceEU will foster collaborations with teacher-training institutes to foster the use of space as a medium to promote and increase the interest in both STEM education and careers, with each implementation partner organising local training for primary and secondary teachers. Further, spaceEU partner EUN will develop a new Massive Online Open Course to empower teachers from all levels of education as well as leaders of extracurricular activities and parents to teach space-related topics with a focus on climate change.

 

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