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Copernicus Discovery for Young People

Point of contact
Frédéric Adragna
Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales
18, avenue Edoaurd BELIN
31400 Toulouse
Phone: +33-6-07716915
URL: cnes.fr


The Aeronautics, Space, Defence sector in Europe is currently facing an important skills gap and difficulties to recruit young people. Moreover, Copernicus and Earth Observation remain unknown by the general public and particularly by young people, although job opportunities in this sector are increasing and it is necessary to raise awareness of future professionals in all economic sectors on the different uses and benefits of Space Observation and the Copernicus programme.

This project therefore aims to raise awareness of young people who are starting to reflect on their future career, on Copernicus and Copernicus-related jobs.

The project will rely on existing know-how in the Education and Training community, especially Copernicus Academy members, on building collaborative projects that involve public authorities at national, regional and local levels, and industrial stakeholders.

It will aim at raising awareness among young people about space careers. It will consist in developing and implementing an interactive and playful discovery module on Copernicus for young people (10-17 years old). This will help attract new talents to the Copernicus-related jobs, by making them aware of the existence of the programme, and of the opportunities that Earth Observation can offer for various types of sectors and industries. More generally, this action will enable young people from various social and economic backgrounds, to imagine that a space career is possible for them, and to have the necessary basic knowledge to envisage it for their future.

The module will talk about what Copernicus is, how it works, what existing potential applications are and give an overview over Copernicus-related jobs and the possible study curricula leading to them.

The module will first be tested and implemented in a pilot region amongst a network of partners in the education and youth sectors.

The main audience targets will be secondary schools, social centres, associations in the youth sector. Both young people and their educators will be involved in the activities. Educators (school teachers, youth workers, etc.) will then work as multipliers for the action, as they will be able to convey their knowledge to other young people they will teach to / work with.

The module will then be translated and replicated in other EU countries via the NEREUS Network.

This action will also be linked to the Copernicus Day organized by Cité de l’Espace in Toulouse, where young visitors will be able to participate to Copernicus discovery activities.

Outputs and Results

  • Main deliverable of the project: discovery module on Copernicus for young people (10-17 years old)
  • Young people will be able to give their feedback on the module, and they will be asked to fill in a questionnaire before and after they attend the training session, to ask their opinion on the module and test their wishes to envisage a space / EO career in the future
  • Number of young people participating to the action should reach at least 1000 and the number of educators (schoolteachers, youth workers, etc.) involved in the action should reach at least 30
  • Modules should be available in at least 3 EU languages (English, French, and 1 other language according to the answers to a call for expression of interest at EU level – via e.g. the NEREUS network).