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European Space Agency's Educational Resources

The Human spaceflight Education team at the European Space Agency (ESA) provides various educational materials for different age groups. Schools can order from the ESA's website e.g. educational kits about the International Space Station (ISS) or a 3D model of the ISS orbiting Earth. The multilingual resources are available for free to schools within the ESA Member States.

International Space Station (ISS) Education Kits
Primary (8-10 year olds) and Secondary (12-15 year olds)
Consists of text and explanations about the International Space Station, Inter-disciplinary exercises, teacher’s guide, glossary and colour overhead transparencies or classroom posters.


ISS lesson series: project: zero gravity
Secondary (12-15 year olds)
DVD1: Newton in Space
DVD2: Body Space
DVD3: Space Matters
DVD4: Space Robotics
Based on ESA missions to the ISS. Astronauts were involved in filming scenes in zero gravity conditions to show behaviour of materials in weightlessness. Basic laws of physics are demonstrated together with ground experiments filmed at schools throughout Europe.


Space Transportation - An ATV Perspective
Secondary (16-18 year olds)
Contains elements on orbital mechanics, propulsion, space navigation and the future of space transportation. It brings together topics related to the curriculum with a special emphasis on ESA’s ATV (Automated Transfer Vehicle)


Ingredients for Life - on Earth and in Space
Secondary (15-18 year olds)
Looks at the vital ingredients that terrestrial life relies on and that make our planet an ideal place to inhabit. Also demonstrates how ESA develops technologies to mimic these processes and systems in space for short and long duration flights.



ISS 3D Teaching Tool: Spaceflight Challenge 1
Secondary (12-15 year olds)
A fully navigable 3D model of the interior and exterior of the ISS orbiting Earth. 26 science tasks, a link to reference material, and scientific simulation for students to experiment with, etc.


In addition, ESA’s HSF Education team also produce a series of downloadable web lessons online and short video clips called Space in Bytes suitable for primary and secondary schools.

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