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24 October 2014

Competition: Find a name for Rosetta’s landing site on the comet!

Help Rosetta’s scientists find a name for Rosetta’s landing site on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Philae, Rosetta’s lander, will attempt the first soft landing ever on a comet nucleus on 12 November 2014.

To enter the competition, you must be at least 13 years old.

Deadline for naming competition entries is 22 October.

Competition details

ESA Education introduces ‘Teach with Rosetta’

ESA Education is proud to present  ‘Teach with Rosetta,’ a new dedicated website filled with information, classroom resources and student activities that link school sciences to Rosetta, ESA’s historic mission to comet 67P/Churyumov- Gerasimenko.

The Teach with Rosetta minisite offers classroom material suitable for both primary and secondary schools, information about the Rosetta mission and comets, links to Rosetta’s breaking news, images and videos, as well as educational resources for children’s play time.

In the next weeks and months ESA Education will be regularly publishing new resources.  In particular, today’s release includes the two first classroom resources for secondary schools taken from ESA’s new ‘Teach with space’ collection: Marble-ous ellipses and Cooking a comet. These two resources consist of a teacher’s guide, student activities, and an accompanying video that covers curricular subjects such as physics and chemistry.

Visit the website: Teach with Rosetta

Competition for Irish Students to join the ESA Rosetta Adventure for Science Week

On November 12, the European Space Agency’s Rosetta, the first-ever spacecraft to orbit a comet, will attempt a soft touchdown on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

To celebrate this historic occasion which is taking place during Science Week Ireland CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Cork and the Dunsink Observatory, Dublin have partnered with ESERO Ireland to offer free & competition based Rosetta workshops and a Cosmic Careers day to Irish students.

Teachers have until October 21st to submit their answer to “In 50 words or less tell us what you know about the European Space Agency’s Rosetta Mission.”

Entries to: http://www.bco.ie/2014/09/science-week-2014/

World Space Week with an Irish twist – Seachtain Dhomhanda an Dearbhspas

Gael-Choláiste Chill Dara who won first prize for the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory World Space Week experience at Ireland’s historic Dunsink Observatory on October 10 2014 will learn about the Universe from experts at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies (DIAS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) as Gaeilge.

40 students from the schools Transition Year are participating in the Comhrá 24/7 initiative; taking part in a world record attempt for the longest Irish language conversation in the world in a relay conversation circle. The transmission is part of a total schedule of 169 hours non-stop that will be streamed live online.

The students will also participate in a live video link with Galway born Dominic Doyle, senior optical engineer with the European Space Agency at their technical centre ESTEC in the Netherlands. During the live broadcast Dominic and the students will be discussing ESA and the World Space Week theme – Space Guiding Your Way making it a truly cosmic Irish transmission.

Well done to the students bringing the blas to Seachtain Dhomhanda an Dearbhspas i Réadlann Dhún Since.

This event is in association with ESERO Ireland, the European Space Education Resource Office.

For more information on Ireland’s WSW events please visit http://www.bco.ie/2014/09/world-space-week-2014/

Educational iPad game Planet Challenge released

The Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA) has released the educational iPad game Planet Challenge internationally. The app is now also available in English, Swedish, Spanish, German and French. In the game, kids are taken on an exciting scavenger hunt passing the eight planets of our Solar System, dwarf planet Pluto and our Moon. The Swedish version of the game Planet Challenge was presented on friday 19 September by astrochemist Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden Observatory, Leiden University) at the award ceremony of the prestigious Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2014. The game can be downloaded for free for three days.

The educative game Planet Challenge (Planetenreis in Dutch) takes children from the age of six on a journey through our solar system. The player travels from planet to planet to collect objects and take them along in a rocket. These objects are necessary to successfully complete the assignments on the eight rocky and gas planets, dwarf planet Pluto and the Moon. The child learns about the characteristics of the planets and distances in our solar system while playing. The goal of the mission is to bring the ice from Pluto back to earth!

The Swedish version of the game Planet Challenge, Planetresan, was offered at the award ceremony of the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award 2014 on 19 September 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Awardee professor Van Dishoeck is enthusiastic about the educational game: “Through this game, young children become aware of our fascinating universe in a playful way. They learn about our Solar System by a fun game with a unique design.”

The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is awarded annually to a scientist who made a breakthrough discovery in physics. Van Dishoeck receives the award for the identification of the molecular pathways that allow the formation of stars and planets from dilute gas and microscopic dust particles.

Planet Challenge was developed by Game Oven commissioned by NOVA and Moon Uitgevers with a contribution from Marijn Franx (Leiden Observatory, Leiden University). The translations were possible thanks to a contribution from Ewine van Dishoeck (Leiden Observatory, Leiden University). The game was awarded third prize in the Meester App contest of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The jury on the game Planet Challenge: “It is a real scavenger hunt, you learn by doing. There is a team behind it with great understanding (…) And the design is exceptionally beautiful.”

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