Rosetta mission workshop for teachers

22 December 2014

Recently IOP Ireland facilitated two teacher workshops on the exciting Rosetta mission.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
Credit: ESA

On 12 November, ESA's Rosetta mission soft-landed its Philae probe on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the first time in history that such an extraordinary feat has been achieved.

This mission and the journey of the Philae lander have captured the public’s imagination and the CPD workshops showed how the physics of space exploration be used to teach curriculum topics in science.

The National Space Academy’s Director, Anu Ojha OBE, explained to teachers in Belfast and Derry how the mission can be used to introduce or develop teaching of Newton’s Laws, forces and motion, gravity, spectroscopy, organic molecules, and the conditions for life.

The workshops brought together physics, chemistry and biology teachers looking for some additional resources to link cutting-edge and high-exposure physics to classroom learning. The two-hour twilight sessions provided attendees with a suite of hands-on classroom-ready activities that link the Rosetta mission with the science curriculum.

Liz Conlon, from the Institute of Physics, commented: “We are very fortunate to have the Space Academy come and share their expertise with local teachers. All who attended were very impressed with the type of activities that fit easily into the classroom. This allows teachers to keep up to date with cutting-edge research as it happens. We look forward to further developing this type of teacher workshop.”