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Event ID:  5028
Contact Name:  Athina Primikiri
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Contact Phone:  + 30 6978479244
Organization:  25th Public Primary School Acharnon
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Dates:  4th October 2013 to 10th October 2013
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Type:  School
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Country:  Greece
State/Province:  Attica
City:  Acharnes
Event Name:  Exploring Mars, Discovering Earth
Event Description:  Celebration of the 2013 World Space Week The 25th Public Primary School of the Municipality of Acharnae (Eastern Attica), Greece, seeking to strengthen the education of its pupils in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), participated to the celebration of the 2013 World Space Week by organising the following events, under the aegis of the Mayor of Acharnae and the conduct of the School Director Ms Athina Primikiri, with the support of the Parents’ & Tutors’ Association of the School. Sunday, 6th October, 18:00-20:30 The official inauguration of the event took place at the ceremonies auditorium of the Town Hall of Acharnae. At the entrance of the auditorium were exposed information documents (posters, charts, and images) from the human activities in space provided by ESA and ASI, as well as educational material (books, albums, games etc.) offered by local publishers and booksellers. The ceremony was attended by 200 persons (pupils, parents, educators, and 4 Deputy-Mayors of Acharnae responsible for educational, cultural, environmental and communication affairs, respectively. The Director of the hosting school Ms Primikiri in her opening address made an extensive reference to the goals of the WSW and its contribution to the capacity-building in space science and technology applications of young people and the general public as well. Special mention was made to the important support for the success of the event provided by the Education Office of ESA, the European Commission and the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and consisting of abundant educational material for children (booklets, 3-D puzzles, comics in Greek). Then, the lecturer of the day Dr Vassilios G. Cassapoglou, representative of Greece to the UN-COPUOS since 1982 and Member of the International Academy of Astronautics, in his speech made a brief review of the history of rocketry from the ancient Greece and old China to-date and the modern space adventure with on the top the human space flight. He referred also to the UN activity to guaranteeing the peaceful uses of outer space and the legal principles governing space activities. Special mention was made to the role of the woman spacenauts and to all those men and women lost on-duty in space missions. At the end, he emphasized on the duty of all to avoid the pollution of space environment by orbital debris and radioactive waste and maintain it free of any weapons. The event closed with the projection of video-clips sensitizing children and adults on the value of space education in the intellectual and social evolution of everybody. Monday, 7th October, 08:30-13:00 The astronomer Mr Panayotis Kazasidis, using the portable planetarium (Starlab) of Thessaloniki made a pleasant and creative presentation on uranography, astronomy and astrophysics attended by 220 pupils of the six classes of the school. Tuesday, 8th October, 10:00-11.30 The physicist and author of scientific education manuals Mr Aris Mylonas, Vice-Chairman, Hellenic Astronomical Union, made a presentation on the construction of Cosmos and the human activities in space, attended by 106 pupils of the three last classes of the school. Wednesday, 9th October, 10:00-12:00 The researcher of the Research Centre of Astronomy and Applied Mathematics, Academy of Athens, Dr Emmanuel Georgoulis (representative of Greece, Science Programmes Committee, ESA), in presence of his colleague at the above Centre Dr Emmanuel Zoulias, the representative for Greece to WSWA, made a simplified presentation on astronomy and space activities attended by 106 pupils of the three last classes of the school. Also the researcher of the National Observatory of Athens Dr (Ms) Anastasia Metallinos made a special presentation entitled “Sounds from Space” attended by 123 pupils of the three first classes of the school. The presentations of this day were attended, as well, by 90 pupils from the 2nd Primary School of Acharnae and the 3rd Primary School of Glyca Nera, accompanied by their educators. There were present, too, the officers responsible for the programmes of school activities, environmental education, and cultural education, respectively, of the Directorate for Primary Education of the Regional Division of Eastern Attica. The events of 7 to 9 October taken place at the ceremonies hall of the school properly decorated with impressive documentary posters from space activities.
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