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The European Space Education Resource Office is launched in Romania

on 13 May 2014

The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) has announced today the launch of the European Space Education Resource Office in Romania. Established as the result of a partnership agreement with the European Space Agency (ESA), ESERO Romania joins a European network of ESEROs which are now present in 10 European countries. The official launch event took place during the ‘Romanian Space Week,’ an annual scientific conference organised by ROSA between 12-16 May 2014.

ESERO is a project established by ESA aimed at using the fascination of space to support the teaching and learning of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) in European primary and secondary schools. Through ESERO Romania, ROSA and ESA plan to respond to Romanian specific national educational needs and eventually encourage the young generations to take up a STEM-related career.

The launching ceremony was attended by Dr. Kai-Uwe Schrogl, Head of Department for Relations with Member States of the European Space Agency (ESA) and Dr. Marius-Ioan Piso, President of ROSA.

“Education is one of the primary missions of the European Space Agency, and Romania, as a full ESA Member State, has the responsibility to implement this mission, which we consider to be crucial for our country’s future", said Marius-Ioan Piso.
“ESERO is a project that aims to respond to the specific needs of each country,” said Kai-Uwe Schrogl. “We believe the best way to achieve this is to join forces with the national education institutions in order to reach students. ESA is deeply committed into contributing to build the scientific and technical workforce of tomorrow and to inspire young generations.”

ESERO Romania will mainly focus on the training of primary and secondary school teachers and on the provision of ad-hoc classroom resources. Space will be used as an inspirational, content-rich and interdisciplinary context which will eventually provide students with an innovative and more engaging learning environment for STEM subjects. ESERO Romania also aims at training trainers, to optimise the dissemination potential of knowledge and methodologies to other teachers.

Thanks to the use of role modelling, ESERO Romania will enable pupils to meet with space experts, and bridge the gap between theoretical science in the classroom and real space practices and professions. The office will also facilitate the national promotion of other ESA hands-on space projects such as Cansat (educational satellites), Mission X (‘Train like and astronaut’) and many others, as well as contribute to the planning of science festivals in order to increase the youngster’s awareness of Europe’s space programme and of its importance for modern society.

"Romania is a country with great educational potential — a standing proof are the awards won by Romanian students at international science competitions — but at the same time, the Romanian education has weak areas where improvement is critical in order to bridge the gap between very good students and less good students" said Virgiliu Pop, ESERO Romania Manager at ROSA.

ESERO Romania aims to act as a bridge towards a space career. With the support of the European Space Agency, ESERO Romania will be the main contact point in the country for space-related education, and the interface between the Romanian educational community and the European space context, as an asnwer to the ultimate need of contributing to maintain a knowledge-based society by investing on the young generation.
"We want to reawaken the new generation’s desire to become astronauts, engineers and scientists”, concluded Virgiliu Pop.

In addition to ESERO Romania (www.esero.ro), ESERO is present in Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland), Poland, Portugal and the United Kingdom.

Website ESERO Romania (in construction): www.esero.ro

Website ESERO: www.esa.int/education/esero