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Teacher Training  Programmes

Within the framework of spaceEU's Educators Continuing Professional Development activities lead by the European Schoolnet (EUN), 11 Teacher Training Institutions (TTIs) around Europe co-created educators’ face-to-face and online training programmes. This approach ensured that involving TTIs in the co-creation process of training programmes favoured their implementation to consistently engage pre- and in-service teachers in their countries.


Find below the different Teacher Training Plans co-created by the TTIs in the framework of the project: 

Organization: European Schoolnet

Course Description: Many teachers around Europe are also asked to fulfil the role of career counsellor as part of their function. To do so, they need to be aware of the STEM jobs currently and soon to become available in various sectors, especially in industry. The aim of this workshop is to get participants acquainted with a variety of STEM and space-related jobs with a focus on jobs of the future that current students – future professionals will be able to enter in the years and decades to come.

Organization: European Schoolnet

Course Description: The following workshop modules aim at introducing the spaceEU project and giving an overview over suitable resources. The workshop is designed as face-to-face, but it can easily be converted to an online format. It is up to each teacher training institution to choose from the available modules and integrate these in their teacher training the most suitable form possible.

Country: Bulgaria

Organization: Municipal Center for Extracurricular Activities in Baykal Village

Course Description: In the curricula of the Bulgarian schools, there is no separate subject for space / astronomy, but separate lessons which are extremely insufficient. In a face-to-face and online setting, this course therefore, aims at teaching pre-service and in-service primary teachers as well as non-formal educators:

  • to value the potential of using space for education in different disciplines even in non-scientific subject

  • to access and gain confidence in using Space Awareness resources for education

Country: Greece

Organization: GFOSS (Open Technologies Alliance)

Course Description: The course aims at analysing science issues that are displayed in science-fiction (Sci-Fi) space movies. The course was organised as a distance learning asynchronous 8-week course. There were six weeks dedicated to educational materials and activities and two weeks of peer-to-peer review of the final produced project plans following the European Schoolnet Academy template for e-learning courses.

Country: Malta

Organization: Secretariat for Catholic Education

Course Description: This course aimed to bring together Catholic and Independent schools in Malta on the common theme of Space in celebrating the World Space Week event. Contributions from local partners include Stella Maris College Gzira for the availability of the venue, the Malta Council for Science and Technology for the AstroPi programme, Euro Media Forum for the certificate to participant and acting as ushers on the day and the Astronomical Society of Malta were sought from the Secretariat for Catholic Education for this successful event. Planning for the event started as from January 2019.

A circular was issued in January 2019 to call on interested schools. Independent schools applied and several meetings were held both with the partners in the initial stages and then with the Science teachers from each of the schools as from August 2019 to ensure that the workshops were according to the interest of the audience.

Country: Malta

Organization: Secretariat for Catholic Education

Course Description: Teachers will learn:

  • What STEM is

  • How to adopt STEM in their teaching and learning

  • How to apply a cross-curricular approach in STEM


Country: Poland

Organization: Kepler’s Science Centre – Venus Planetarium 

Course Description: We decided to create a workshop that will allow you to combine various fields of study so that young people gain the opportunity to expand their knowledge in the field of STEAM subjects with the latest and highest European and world didactics standards. We are fully aware that each of the target groups has its own rules, but nevertheless, we are convinced that it is not difficult for anyone who wants to do this or that. Therefore, we decided to propose a workshop in the field of modern methods of teaching Science aimed at a group of foreign language teachers from primary schools in Zielona Gora, Poland.

Country: Portugal

Organization: Polytechnic Institute of Santarém

Course Description: This STEM project on space exploration aims to integrate content and learning objectives of Mathematics and Sciences within an interdisciplinary focus. Rockets and space exploration are topics that have the ability to spark students' imaginations and engage them in performing hands-on and mind-on activities. The learning process of the project emphasizes practical science, data collection, data interpretation, collaborative work, problem solving within an interdisciplinary perspective and the development of computational thinking.

Country: Spain

Organization: Centro Autonómico de Formación e Innovación (CAFI)

Course Description: This is a course for primary school teachers who are interested in teaching science in their classes in a cross-curricular, entertaining and innovative way but still with scientific rigour. The course will cover several topics related to astronomy and climatology using existing and new materials.

Country: Spain

Organization: Universitat de València

Course Description: This course is part of the annual program of the subject “Natural Sciences for Teachers” of the bachelor’s degree in “Early Childhood Education” at the University of Valencia. While the course was organized over several sessions across several weeks, the content can be compressed to fit a more limited time schedule.

Country: Turkey

Organization: Meram District National Education Directorate

Course Description: In this course, participants will be checking the curriculum and determine the space subjects with teachers. In the end, different materials for related subjects will be shared.

spaceEU Self-Assesment Tools

These surveys were developed to address in-/pre-service teachers before and after attending trainings organised by one of the Teacher Training Institutes (TTIs) within the spaceEU project. This survey can be used as a self-assessment tool in the framework of different trainings and can be adapted based on the specifications of focus group, context and needs of the user.

Using Space in Education Event

The spaceEU final online event for educators organised by spaceEU partner EUN took place on Monday 9 November 2020. The two-hour workshop was open to anyone interested in learning more about how to effectively use Space in formal education and included the participation of spaceEU partners and Teacher Training Institutes involved in the spaceEU project that shared best practices and experiences from their training programmes that integrate space in their training. The second part of the event featured guest speakers from other projects, such as the Aerospace in Class and Schools Tune into Mars projects, who shared their experience in using space in education.

Teacher Training Institutions

Center of Support to Innovation and Educational Research (CESIRE), Spain

The Center of Support to Innovation and Educational Research within the Catalonian Ministry of Education is a public support center for teachers, schools and other institutions in research. It covers different educational levels ranging from kindergarten and primary to secondary education. CESIRE’s areas of knowledge include experimental sciences, mathematics, technology, languages, arts, social sciences and infant education.


Centro Autonómico de Formación e Innovación, Spain

The Centro Autonómico de Formación e Innovación (CAFI) is a state-funded teacher training network organizing, designing, implementing and evaluating not only online courses but also in-house training and face-to-face events. Its main lines of interest lie on Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM), Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), conflict resolution and new spaces (Aula nova).

GFOSS - Open Technologies Alliance, Greece

The Open Technologies Alliance (GFOSS) is a non-profit organization, founded in 2008, with 35 universities and research centres as shareholders. Their main goal is to promote openness through the use and the development of Open Standards and Open Technologies in Education, Public Administration and Business in Greece.

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Venus Planetarium, Poland

The Kepler Science Center operates within the structures of the Zielona Góra Culture Center and includes the Venus Planetarium and the Nature Center. The Kepler Science Center provides information on space and new technologies to interested people in the district and beyond. The planetarium includes a 10-meter dome and regularly organises workshops with teachers and students in their facilities.

Mary Immaculate College, Ireland

The Mary Immaculate College is a university-level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, founded over 100 years ago and academically linked with the University of Limerick. The College is a multi-campus institution, with nearly 5,000 students enrolled in undergraduate programmes in Primary and Post-Primary Education, Liberal Arts and Early Childhood Care and Education, as well as a range of postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and PhD levels.

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Meram District National Education Directorate, Turkey


The Meram District National Education Directorate manages more than 200 schools, reaching more than 4200 teachers and 74,000 students from pre-school to K12 in the Meram District. It works in areas such as educational services, computing and educational technology, strategy development, assessment, evaluation and testing services as well as higher education and abroad education services. More than 30 local in-service training activities have been planned for 2019 although the Directorate is open for professional development requests from teachers and can add extra courses to the planned schedule.

Marino Institute of Education, Ireland

The Marino Institute of Education (MIE) is a teaching, learning and research community committed to promoting inclusion and excellence in education. The MIE has a long and proud involvement with education, specifically initial teacher education (ITE), dating back over 100 years.

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Municipal Center for Extracurricular Activities

in Baykal, Bulgaria

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The Municipal Center for Extracurricular Activities in Baykal has wide connections with the biggest training institutes in Bulgaria among which the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the Sofia University. Their programme includes activities with students and teachers aimed at provoking and fostering love to sciences, especially physics and astronomy. With the support of the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and the Regional Inspectorate of Education, they organise training sessions all year long. Among these activities the most prominent one is “Astro Party Baykal” organised yearly since 2005.

The training activities of this organisation involve pre-service primary teachers, in-service primary teachers, teachers from non-formal education as well as pupils.

Polytechnic Institute

of Santarém, Portugal

The Polytechnic Institute of Santarém is a polytechnic public higher education institution committed to high-level qualification of citizens. Its activities revolve around the production and diffusion of knowledge and creativity of professional nature. Placing the student and the surrounding community in the centre, the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém provides guided research and experimental development in science, technology and the arts in an international framework.

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Secretariat for Catholic Education, Malta

The Secretariat for Catholic Education is the central office of Church schools which today number around 50. These include kindergartens, primary, secondary and sixth forms. The Secretariat offers various services, among which are the distribution of salaries to employees and the retaining of employment records. It is also responsible for discussions with the Education authorities and trade unions, as well as the administration of the different services which are offered by Church schools.

Teachers' Professional Development Center in Gdansk, Poland

The Teachers' Professional Development Center in Gdansk is active in the assistance of educators and creative teaching. Not only by participating in the #spaceEU programme, the Teachers' Professional Development Center in Gdansk mobilizes and trains school principals and teachers with regard to implementation of curriculum and attention to development of creativity in students including guidance of gifted students.

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Universitat de València

(Faculty of Teacher Training), Spain

The Universitat de València, founded five centuries ago has become a modern, public university that teaches all areas of knowledge. The Faculty of Teacher Training of the University of Valencia welcomes people from all places already instructed in the knowledge of reference and making them teachers able to provide valuable education for new generations of citizens.

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