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EU SPACE AWARENESS

Objective

EUSPACE-AWE uses the excitement of space to attract young people to science and technology and stimulate European and global citizenship. Our main goal is to increase the number of young people that choose space-related careers.

We shall target diverse groups that influence career decisions, showing teenagers the opportunities offered by space science and engineering and inspiring primary-school children when their curiosity is high, their value systems are being formed and seeds of future aspirations are sown.

Activities will 1. Acquaint young people with topical cutting-edge research and “role-model” engineers, 2. Demonstrate to teachers the power of space as a motivational tool and the opportunities of space careers, 3. Provide a repository of innovative peer-reviewed educational resources, including toolkits highlighting seductive aspects of Galileo and Copernicus and 4. Set up a “space career hub” and contest designed to appeal to teenagers. Attention will be paid to stimulating interest amongst girls and ethnic minorities and reaching children in underprivileged communities, where most talent is wasted. Targeting policy makers via high-impact events will help ensure sustainability and demonstrate the social value of the space programme.

We maximise cost effectiveness by 1 “Piggy backing” on existing ESERO and other teacher training courses and 2. Exploiting and expanding infrastructures of proven FP7-Space projects, EU Universe Awareness for young children and Odysseus for teenagers.

EUSPACE-AWE will complement existing space-education programs and coordinate closely with ESA. We shall reach European teachers, schools and national curricula through host organisations of ESEROs and the extensive networks of European Schoolnet, Scientix and UNAWE. Designated nodes will provide curriculum and resource localisation and test beds for professional evaluation. A partnership with the IAU Office of Astronomy for Development in Cape Town ensures global reach.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/educational sciences/pedagogy/teaching

Call for proposal

H2020-COMPET-2014
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 679 986,25

Participants (9)

EUN PARTNERSHIP AISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 494 632,50
Address
Rue De Treves 61
1040 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 240 000
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Muenchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 242,50
Address
Gower Street
WC1E 6BT London
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ELLINOGERMANIKI AGOGI SCHOLI PANAGEA SAVVA AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 110 000
Address
Dimitriou Panagea Sttr
15351 Pallini
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 59 978,75
Address
Walton Hall
MK7 6AA Milton Keynes
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 58 125
Address
Avenue Louise 89 7Eme Etage
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
NUCLIO NUCLEO INTERACTIVO DE ASTRONOMIA ASSOCIACAO
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 58 625
Address
Largo Dos Topazios 48-3Fte
2785817 Sao Domingos De Rana
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 53 750
Address
Meiring Naude Road Brummeria
0001 Pretoria
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
CIENCIA VIVA-AGENCIA NACIONAL PARA A CULTURA CIENTIFICA E TECNOLOGICA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 45 625
Address
Parque Das Nações, Alameda Dos Oceanos Lote 2.10.01
1990-223 Lisboa
Activity type
Other