25 October 2014

Space Summer Course for Primary School Teachers

International Space Station Kit - Primary Schools‘Maths – It Is Rocket Science’
ESERO Ireland announces Department of Education approved  Summer Course for Primary School Teachers
~ By signing up to the course in CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory or Armagh Planetarium Primary Teachers can gain key insights into using Space to develop numeracy skills ~

The European Space Education Office (ESERO) Ireland, is offering places for teachers on a 5 day professional development course at two unique space related locations. The course ‘Maths – It is rocket science’  will take place in CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, the Space for Science, from July 4th to July 8th, and in  Armagh Planetarium, Ireland’s leading centre for astronomical education, between August 22nd and 26th. The objective of the course is to assist participants in using teaching approaches that develop numeracy skills in an integrated way across the curriculum, specifically through Science and Geography, with an emphasis on the theme of Space. The focus will be on enquiry based learning.

This year ESERO Ireland is offering a limited number of bursaries to cover costs for teachers travelling to the courses from outside the normal commuter range. Worth up to €250 in total the bursaries are to be set aside to cover fuel and accommodation costs for the five days of the course. The course will begin with hands-on sessions based around the Discover Primary Science and Maths activities, and participants will explore ways to improve their students mathematical skills while also gaining a further appreciation of the possibilities that exist in the science and geography curricula.

Having been developed using the International Space Station Education Kit from the European Space Agency (ESA) and in keeping with the course venues the Space and Astronomy related themes of the week will be explored in great detail. Both sites are accredited Discover Primary Science and Maths Centres and offer curriculum relevant programmes for primary schools both on-site and through outreach programmes. Space is proving to be a key topic area in the teaching of science and maths to primary students and the range of on-site exhibits and facilities at both the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and the Armagh Planetarium provide the perfect tools with which to learn more.

For further information on the  courses or to book a place  please contact;
July 4th-8th 2011 CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory (Cork) Course 445 :

Contact:  Deirdre O’Dwyer or Clair McSweeney
Phone :            021 435 7917
Fax:                 021 435 7924
Web :    


August 22nd-26th 2011 Armagh Planetarium (Armagh) Course 446:

Contact:   Colin Johnston
Phone :            048 3752 3689
Fax:                 048 3752 6187
Web :    

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