27.04.2021 - Technology, Life science, Photonics and Smart materials

RTU and Cēsis collaborate to create a space education centre

The Design Factory of Riga Technical University (RTU) in collaboration with RTU Cēsis Study and Science Centre is developing educational exhibits for the future Space Education Centre, which will be located in Cēsis. The Space Education Centre’s facilities and interest education programs are space-themed, covering various aspects: society, cosmology, technology, health, and living in space.

The interest education classes and interactive exhibitions will answer questions such as: why do people want to go into space, what are the biggest secrets of space, what helps to go into space, how to prepare for space flight, what do people need to live beyond planet Earth, etc.

To promote the development of knowledge among children and young people and to attract them to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by offering innovative solutions for the promotion of education and science, the municipality of Cēsis is implementing the project “Establishment of an Innovation Centre in Cēsis”. The project is implemented with the support of the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism within the framework of the 2014–2021 Research and Education Programme under the activity Innovation Centres.

For the implementation of the project, the municipality of Cēsis has signed cooperation agreements with the Norwegian Space Education Centre Andoya Space Education and RTU.  Andoya Space Education is ready to assist in the development and implementation of interactive educational activities, classes, and workshops on space themes, while RTU develops and creates educational exhibits.

The contract for the establishment of the Innovation Centre in Cēsis was signed on 10 August 2020 between the municipality and the State Education and Development Agency. The total cost of the project is 2.15 million euros.

Source: labsoflatvia.com

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