STAND Summer School 2024

30 June - 5 July 2024

The STAND course is developed in the context of the project “Students as Planetary Defenders”.

Its main objectives are to introduce teachers to STEΑM activities related to meteors, asteroids and Planetary Defense, provide them resources and support to implement them with their students and create their own educational material. Those activities can engage their students in a search for small bodies in our Solar System, like asteroids, meteors and micrometeorites. Teachers and students will have the opportunity to study the meteor phenomena from its very origins, that is, their parental bodies (asteroids and comets), what happens when these bodies meet the Earth (meteors themselves) and finally whatever remains of the original object (meteorites).

The STAND Summer School includes presentations followed by practical sessions and workshops focusing on:

  • Discussions on the importance of studying small bodies inside our solar system and designing planetary defense strategies and missions.
  • Presentation of an inclusive and accessible pedagogical framework and introduction to the STEAM educational approach.
  • Αctivities on how students and educators can study asteroids, meteors, comets and other small bodies of our Solar System, improving their competences and skills.
  • Hands-on sessions working on micrometeorite sample collection and meteor detection activities.
  • Building a community of educators that will collaborate in the next few years and implement planetary defense activities with their students.

The STAND Summer School will introduce teachers to the concept of planetary defense and small-body investigations incorporating the STEAM approach. They will improve and enhance their teaching skills and practices and learn how to introduce these topics to their students while keeping them engaged and motivated. The overall goal of the course is for teachers to:

  • be introduced to methodologies that will facilitate the integration of digital and hands-on content to improve the student’s learning experience
  • participate in professional development opportunities to improve their competencies to become instructional designers for the 21st century
  • be invited to review their practices and if necessary redesign their learning scenarios to avoid stereotypes and to be inclusive
  • learn how to ensure their lessons follow the universal design for learning guidelines, ensuring that differentiation and personalization become part of their daily practices

The STAND Summer School is designed to be highly engaging, creative and interactive. Participating teachers will work as individuals and in small groups. Thus, they will be able to collaborate with teachers from other countries, discuss ideas and exchange experiences in order to create activities which will incorporate the tools and material introduced during the course.

The course will last for 6 days, consisting in total of 25 hours of workshop-based training, such as presentations followed by hands-on sessions (9 hours of lectures and demonstrations, 16 hours of hands-on workshops). The lectures and the demonstrations of the training courses will be held in an auditorium equipped with a data projector and a laptop, whereas the workshops will be held in a multimedia laboratory where each participant will have direct access to a laptop with internet connection and will carry out planned exercises.

One important aspect of the training activities is the collected feedback and the common discussion among participants. We will provide a platform to exchange ideas and talk in detail about the requirements with respect to various aspects of the tools shown in order to facilitate their further development, maximize their efficiency and enhance the adaptation potential.

To ensure the proper preparation for the training course participants will receive materials necessary for their preparation (suggested reading, digital tools, relevant websites, guidelines, and support material etc.). Participants will familiarize themselves with the training topics as well as the course methodology by accessing the relevant resources, materials and tools.

At the end of the course, following the presentation of their work on the last day of the course, participants will receive a training certificate that confirms the successful completion of the course and its objectives.

As members of the STAND community participants will have access to support provided by the training team, and they will be able to communicate with other teachers in European countries, who have a common interest, share their ideas and experience and collaborate in joint activities.

In order to assess whether, and to what extent, the course has reached its objectives and expected results the participants will have to answer, during and at the end of the course, a set of relevant questionnaires that will be provided by the course providers. The results of the questionnaires/survey or a so-called evaluation report will be available to all participants of the course.

Course fee

The course fee for all ESIA Summer Schools is 480€ (80€/per day) and fully within the funding opportunities of the Erasmus+ Programme.

The course fee covers:

  • Expert lecturers for lectures, seminars and workshops
  • All materials and equipment needed for the course
  • Participation in the social programme & excursions (e.g. Sunset and dinner at Cape Sounio, excursion to the Acropolis and visit to the Acropolis Museum and dinner in downtown Athens, traditional night and farewell dinner, etc.)

Subsistence & accommodation

The Summer School will be held at Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows, an A-class/ 4-star sea-side hotel which stretches on the golden, sandy beach of the Marathon Bay, near the historic location of Marathon, at the outskirts of Athens.

ESIA has made special arrangement with the hotel and are happy to offer to all participants a single or double room with all-inclusive services (i.e. breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and free of charge services for outdoors sports and recreational activities).

The costs for subsistence are also within the ceilings of the Erasmus+ programme for KA1 mobility actions.

 

ACCOMMODATION AT GOLDEN COAST HOTEL 2024

COST FOR THE PARTICIPANTS (All Inclusive)

  • Per person in SINGLE:  138 €/per night
  • Per person in DOUBLE:  95 €/per night

Extra persons (All Inclusive)

  • TRIPLE room: 85 €/per person/per night

 

EXTRA SERVICES (the following refers to other project participants that don’t pay the course fee)

TOURS & EXCURSIONS

Cape Sounio Tour (Price:  90 €/per person)
Monday @ 18:00
Includes:

    • Transport by bus (Golden Coast – Cape Sounio – Golden Coast)
    • Guided tour of Poseidon temple with Professional and Lisensed guide
    • Entrance fees of the Temple of Poseidon
    • Lunch at local tavern
    • All taxes

 

Athens tour & Acropolis Museum (Price: 120 €/per person)
Wednesday @ 16:00
Includes:

    • Transport by bus (Golden Coast – Athens – Golden Coast)
    • Short panoramic tour by bus of historic center of Athens
    • Services of a Professional and licensed guide
    • Entrance fees of Acropolis museum
    • Lunch at local tavern
    • All taxes

+ Entrance fees to the Acropolis Archaeological Site ticket cost of 20 €/per person.

*** The above prices are calculated based on current costs, tickets to museums / archeological sites, fuel cost, VAT

The Summer School will be held at Golden Coast Hotel & Bungalows, an A-class/ 4-star sea-side hotel which stretches on the golden, sandy beach of the Marathon Bay, near the historic location of Marathon, at the outskirts of Athens.

It is the area of Marathon, that has hosted since the times of myths when Theseus killed the terrible bull of Marathon, to the times of the Persian wars and the Battle of Marathon, further on to our days and the marathon race and Marathon Run, the emblematic symbol of man’s quest for freedom and the will to defend his most noble deeds which constitute the foundations of the Human civilization. The plethora of natural, historical sites and museums of the area reveal in all details this unique historical voyage.

Participants are expected to arrive through the Athens International Airport, approximately 25 km (15,53 miles) distance from the hotel.

Learn More…

School Heads and Teachers participation in the summer courses can be funded by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

In case your school or organization does not have the funds to cover the costs of your participation in the Summer School, there is another option: you can apply to be funded by by the ERASMUS+ Programme.

Please note that the Erasmus+ KA1 application can only be submitted by the school or the organization – no individual applications can be submitted.

The deadline for application is 20 February 2024.

What is ERASMUS+?

Erasmus+ is the European Commission’s Programme for education, training, youth, and sport for the period 2021-2027. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for the mobility of learners and staff and cooperation across the education, training, and youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules and a structure that aims to streamline the administration of the programme.

Erasmus+ Key Action 1 (KA1) provides a unique opportunity for teachers, headmasters, trainers, and other staff of educational institutions to participate in international training courses in different European countries. Schools, universities, vocational education and training, and adult education organizations are all eligible to receive full funding to attend courses under a KA1 mobility grant. The Erasmus+ KA1 grant covers all the costs to attend teacher training courses: including travel, subsistence, and course fee.

For up-to-date information about Erasmus+ please check the Programme’s website. Your school will need to apply to your country’s National Agency, who is also the one who will evaluate the proposal. Therefore, your National Agency is also a very good point to start for more information.

Don’t forget to go through the the New Programme Guide and you will have all you need to know.

The steps to apply for an Erasmus+ KA1 School Education Staff Mobility grant are:

  1. Fill in the registration form to our Summer School with your details. This is an individual registration form, so if there are more than one participant from the same school, each one will have to submit a separate registration form. This way you have reserved a slot in the course in case your application for Erasmus+ funding is successful!
  2. Register your school/organization here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-esc/index/ , if not already registered.
  3. Check the compliance with the programme criteria
  4. Check the financial conditions
  5. Fill in and submit the application form
  6. Respect the deadline
  7. Do not forget to inform us as soon as you get notified from your National Agency whether your grant application is accepted or rejected.

You can find all related information about submitting an Erasmus+ Application HERE.

We will be happy to guide you through the process.