Science School Trip to Euro Space Center Belgium
Take on a space camp adventure with your students at the Euro Space Center! With workshops, laboratories and physical training halls where students will learn all about space exploration, this centre provides the perfect mix of learning and hands-on activities.
Students will learn how astronauts prepare for life away from Earth through interactive activities and exhibitions, including astronaut training, simulators, rocket building and science workshops. The supervised programme at the Euro Space center offers a great place to reinforce the importance of working as a team.
Euro Space re-opens in summer 2020 following extensive renovation.
T-3… 2…1… Liftoff!
Disorientation and recovery on astronaut training simulators
Team work on a simulated space shuttle mission
Experience weightlessness on the zero-gravity wall
Discover the moon, the planets and stars in the planetarium
Students are invited to put themselves into the shoes of a simulator pilot, commander and six ground control roles to accomplish a mission of the American Space Shuttle. Teams of eight students will be briefed on real NASA operating procedures and technical aspects of the simulation before all systems go for a simulated space mission! Students will be involved in the operation of take-off, orbiting, docking with the International Space Station, re-entry into the atmosphere and landing.
Learn about the Ariane rocket and the principles of engineering and physics included in the design that create the propulsion and stability of the rocket. Students will be involved in building and launching their own rocket.
Experience being 1/6th of the weight you are on earth on this astronaut training chair on springs which simulates walking on the moon.
This astronaut training simulator spins on a single axis to re-produce feelings of disorientation and vertigo. Learn about the balance coordination centre and measure your ability to be able to recover.
The goal is to disorientate potential astronauts on this chair mounted to spin on three different axes. They will have to concentrate to carry out an exercise. The multi-axis chair was developed by NASA after the Gemini missions
Test your ability to withstand gravity in this space centrifuge just as astronauts do before leaving on a mission.
Experience the feeling of weightlessness thanks to a frame with a hydraulic counterweight system. Move from left to right to repair a satellite.
Learn about the communication required to repair a satellite as part of the EVA team. Teamwork and communication skills are key to complete your mission.
A Space Camp instructor will provide a commentary to a Planetarium session where students can discover the moon, its phases, learn about the planets in our solar system and the stars. A film is projected on a hemispherical dome 6m in diameter.
Discover Newton’s Law through hands -on experiments. Design and build an air-propelled car with balsawood and an experiment which involves mini-car races.
Discover Mars – the Red Planet on board a spaceship.
Discover the great moments of space exploration and learn about the daily lives of astronauts through a guided multi-media exhibition. See everyday items created with space technology.
How do astronauts cope with weightlessness and living in space? For example: what are the direct and indirect effects on the immune system? Very natural actions here on Earth are discussed using pictures, video clips and audience interaction.
Groups will explore the influence of vacuum in space as well as how to create their own aurora with the aid of a vacuum pump.
Why groups like it:
School staff split by gender in multi-bedded rooms with bunk-beds
- Take part in a simulated Space Shuttle Mission
- Complete space related tasks including a simulated satellite repair
- Understand principles of engineering and physics in a rocket building workshop
- Learn about the effects on the human body of space travel
- Experience the feeling of weightlessness and astronaut training simulators
- Discover Newton’s Law through hands-on experiments
- Explore the influence of vacuum in space
- Learn about the Moon, the Planets in our Solar System and the stars
Students will have had an opportunity to:
- Consider the drive for mankind to explore space – the benefits and challenges
- Understand the technologies used for space exploration and satellites
- Discover the great moments of space exploration and learn about the daily lives of astronauts
- Enjoy an interactive experience of NASA operating procedures and technical aspects in a simulated space mission
- Learn the importance of teamwork and communication whilst completing simulated space tasks
- Have fun with fellow students enjoying a hands-on educational experience
- Gain and understanding and enthusiasm for science and space exploration