Euro Space Camp
Euro Space Camp from Frontiers Education is a ten day intensive programme of learning and confidence building within a space theme. The program includes four days at the Euro Space Academy near Brussels in Belgium, two days in the beautiful city of Paris, France and three days in scenic Switzerland. The programme also includes a visit to CERN, the European Centre for Research in particle physics and home to thousands of scientists and several Nobel laureates.
Euro Space Camp brings to life the importance of math and science, builds confidence through genuine achievement, and offers a fun and fantastic place for students to learn and grow. Visits to Paris and Switzerland offer students the opportunity to learn more about European History, Art, Culture and visit some of the most scenic spots in the world. The Euro Space Camp is designed for students with an interest in the area of science and space exploration.
The program requires students to think and work like an astronaut or engineer. At Euro Space Camp, students are given the freedom to select activities they are interested in, the power to achieve, and an environment to have fun. Each group develops a sense of belonging, building real friendships and peer-to-peer alliances. The program has four variants and the school group must select one of the variants based on the interests of the students.
Astronaut Training Camp
Students will experience all the simulators that astronauts use during training. The program includes the following activities
- Simulation of a mission onboard the US Space Shuttle with lift-off, orbiting, satellite launch, docking with the International Space Station, return into the atmosphere and landing.
- Training on the multi-axis chair, moon walk (Moon gravity simulator), 5DF chair (chair with 5 degrees of freedom), Manned Manoeuvring Unit (MMU), zero gravity wall.
- Scientific Experiments to build and launch rockets and assemble a satellite in a clean room.
- Presentations and lectures about the solar system, history of space conquest, the International Space Station and daily life and work in space.
The astronomy camp focuses on the solar system, space beyond the solar system, exoplanets, the life of stars and more. The program includes the following activities
- Making and using a sky map.
- Getting bearing in the month’s sky (the moon, planets, visible constellations and special phenomena).
- Build and use your own telescope.
- Build and use your own sundial and astrolabe.
- Observe the sky during daytime: the sun and sunspots.
- Observe the night sky.
Participants in the rocket camp learn all about the Ariane rocket, the principles of propulsion, the stability of rockets in flight, powder engines, how to go in space and more. The program includes the following activities
- Build and launch water rockets, micro-rockets, two stage rockets and mini rockets.
- Carry out tests on a thrust test bench.
- Build a rocket recovery system.
- Observe trajectories.
- Do checks by computer before a rocket launch.
This program is for students who love their planet and want to learn more about its biodiversity and technological innovations inspired by nature. During the program, students will participate in the following activities
- Find out about the origins of bio-diversity in the life of stars in the planetarium.
- Learn to interpret satellite photos.
- Discover different eco-systems: marsh, river, forest.
- Learn everything about using a GPS and getting your bearings.
- Learn about digital microscopes.
- Understand the biosphere and evolution of species.
- Discover how artificial ecosystems were invented to ensure survival during long space missions.
Students will also get an opportunity to tour Brussels, the capital of Belgium and the medieval town of Buillon. In Brussels students will see the world famous Atomium, the magnificent Grand Palais and the European Parliament along with other attractions.
After conclusion of the camp at the Euro Space Center, students will travel to Paris where they will explore world famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Champs Elysees and the Louvre museum.
Students will enjoy a day at the Euro Disney theme park in Paris before moving on to Switzerland.
Switzerland and CERN
In Switzerland, students will go behind the scenes and become a scientist for a day at the world’s largest particle physics laboratory, CERN. They will learn about the path breaking research that CERN scientists are undertaking to explore the mysteries of the universe with particle accelerators and detectors. They will visit Microcosm and the Universe of Particles, the permanent exhibits at CERN before heading underground to see an experiment area.
Students also have the option of visiting Mt. Titlis to enjoy the snow and ice. Mt. Titlis is one of the prettiest glaciers in Switzerland and is accessible by cable car.