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Introduction

The CESAR Team offers a set of "Space-Science Experiences", unique experiences for students that come to ESAC. Enjoying a Space-Science Experience is a cooperative effort between the school and the CESAR Team. 


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Listed below are the main phases required to be able to access to the CESAR Space-Science Experience (SSE) provided by the CESAR Team:

Register 

Any teacher interested in the activity should request a Space-Science Experience (SSE) through this web, for which previous registration is required. In case you do not receive a quick answer (within few weeks), please send us an email to the email account  Project.Cesar@esa.int.

Choose your favorite Space-Science Experience

Once registered, teachers can select the  Space-Science Experience that their students would like to experience. In the table below the CESAR Team offers a list of SSE topics, suitable for a wide range of student's ages, covering from 7-18 years old. At the time the teacher selects their favorite Space-Science Experience, he/she selects a date for coming to ESAC. The CESAR Team will take into account your preference in the request to assign a date.

Each session has a duration of an hour and a half and they take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays, at 9:30 A.M and 11:30 A.M. The scientific cases are planned for a maximum of 55 students together with their 2-3 teachers. For more details please download the instructions here.

Start your Space-Science Experience in the classroom

With teacher's support, the students will watch in the school a set of recommended videos provided by the CESAR Team. Some extra material (in the table below: Introduction to the Scientific Case, Scientific Case) is recommended to be checked only by the teachers.  The reason for making this available on the web is for the teachers to check whether any of the concepts that the students will work with at ESAC should be reviewed in advance in the classroom, before coming to ESAC. The CESAR Team considers key the surprise factor at ESAC as part of the learning process of the students, therefore it is not recommended to show them the "Scientific Cases" in advance.

Call us with Skype

Once the previous steps have been completed, the teacher could choose between two dates for having a Skype session with the CESAR Team coordinator, Dr. Michel Breitfellner. The duration of the Skype session is 15-20 minutes and the goal is to answer any question that they may have about the Space-Science Experience that they are already enjoying (Skype account: Cesarprogramme@gmail.com).

Get prepared to come to ESAC

The school is responsible for to coordinating

  • the buses: The children's arrival to ESAC is expected to be done by bus. Buses are required to come to ESAC 15 minutes in advance of the beginning of the session (9:15 A.M or 11:15 A.M). The students and teachers should be picked up (at 11:15 A.M y 01:15 P.M), respectively.
  • the authorization for making pictures of the students: The teachers are expected to attach the permission signed by the kid's parents (in pdf format) through the web.
  • the groups & teams: In order to enjoy the experience as much as possible, the teachers are requested to have organized in advance the groups & teams that will work together at ESAC. The main group (of 55 students) should be divided into two groups (group A and B) and within each of them in teams of 5-6 students (when possible mixed gender is desired).

Be a scientist at ESAC

The students will be scientists for a day at ESAC. For an hour and a half they will form groups to “accomplish a mission” by answering several questions related to the exercise selected. At the end for each group a “spokes person” has to summarize the result to the other groups.

Your favorite Abstract

Each of the teams that worked at ESAC will write an abstract (with a maximum of 400 words) explaining what they have learned and enjoyed the most during their "Space-Science Experience". The teachers that came with the students to ESAC will select their two favorite abstracts (one per group A and one per group B). These ones, if not already in English, are expected to be translated by the students. The abstract is the only possibility for participating in the SSE Tender. Abstracts are expected to be received by the CESAR Team (through the web) during the next days after the experience in ESAC.

SSE Contests & Prizes

Throughout the academic year, the CESAR Team will organize "Space-Science Experience Tenders", where the abstracts sent by the students ("their favorites ones") will be analyzed by a panel of experts elected by the CESAR Team.

We are waiting for your SSE request through the web to provide you and your students with an unforgettable experience.

Space-Science  Experience Topic

Recomended age of the students (years)

Introduction to the Scientific Case

Scientific Case

Recommended videos

Mission to the Moon

7-9

English

English
Map
Material

The color of the stars

8-10

English

English

  • Introduction to ESA (6:46 min)
  • Departure into Space (4:02 min)
  • Further than the Solar System (6:03 min)

Topographic study

10-12

English

English

  • Introduction to ESA (6:46 min)
  • Departure into Space (4:02 min)
  • The space missions that observe the Earth  (5:11 min)
  • Paxi - The Solar System (5:18 min)

The rotation of the Sun

12-14

English

English
Image1
Image2

Solar mass ejections 14-16

English

English

The Hertzsprung Russel diagram

16-17

English

English
Image1

The mass of Jupiter

17-18

English

English

Table 1: "Space-Science Experience" table offered by the CESAR Team with the specified the material.

(*) In the past all these requests were handled via email (Project.Cesar@esa.int). As we are continuously improving the process to offer the best quality to you we have still have not widely opened the registration. An email was sent to all the schools that had made a request for a "Space-Science Experience" in December 2016 explaining the complete process. We are just starting the engines and we are waiting for your requests through this web. Welcome onboard to all of you  !!