RockStar – enhancing STEM education between countries

About a year ago, we wrote about a completely new educational program called RockStar that was in planning. RockStar has now been recognized as a project within the EU programme for education and has also been granted funding.

  • RockStar kickoff meeting at Andøya (Foto: NAROM)
  • RockStar kickoff meeting at Andøya (Foto: NAROM)
  • RockStar kickoff meeting at Andøya (Foto: NAROM)
  • RockStar kickoff meeting at Andøya (Foto: NAROM)
  • RockStar kickoff meeting at Andøya (Foto: NAROM)

The main objective of RockStar (acronym for «rockets» and «stars») has been and is to establish an educational collaboration between institutions from Canary Islands (Spain), Nordland (Norway) and Copenhagen, Denmark.

RockStar will focus on astrophysics, space sciences and technology, and prioritize the development of educational modules that fits with learning objectives of the curricula (upper secondary level) of the different countries . The program will use the educational resources located in Tenerife (MCC and Teide Observatory), and at Andøya Space Center.

Recognized in the Erasmus+ program

Erasmus+ is the EU program for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014 – 2020. The goal is to facilitate more mobility and a better European education system.

RockStar has now been incorporated as a project within the Erasmus+ programme and was evaluated with a quality score of 84 points, well above the limit for getting projects granted, which is 60 points.

– We are very proud to be spearheading this project as it fits very well with our international focus and our commission to «be an attractive partner nationally and internationally in space-related education and set standards on how space-related education can be performed«, says Arne Hjalmar Hansen, President of NAROM.

Kickoff meeting at Andøya Space Center

Last week, each of the partnering countries met in a two-day kickoff meeting at Andøya Space Center. Those two days were filled with practical workshops, in which the participating teachers started working on developing classroom activities tied to the RockStar project. All of the classroom activities that will be produced in this project will be made freely available online for all teachers to enjoy.

During the meeting, there was also a press meeting with local media invited. We did also a few interview ourselves with a few representatives, which can be seen here: