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 in association with 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. His talk is “Astronomy: A Human Adventure

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. She will talk about “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 and open night at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory on the evening of Friday October 11, 2019. 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”


Event Information

  • Dates: Saturday 12th October, 2019 | 9am to 4pm

Registration: €25 including Lunch

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