Geeroms Dirk

Bachelor of Science (BSc), Physics 1990-1992 KUL
Master of Science (MSc), Physics 1992-1994 KUL
Stedelijke Humaniora Dilsen:

Science teacher (maths, physics, applied physics, STEM)
CLIL teacher
Universiteit Hasselt:
Educational assistant Faculty of Medicine & Life Sciences
Doelgroep: Hoger Secundair

Activiteiten gerelateerd aan ruimtevaart:

  • 2007-06-22 until 2007-06-30Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy in US Space & Rocket Center, Alabama, USA.
    More info on


  • 2009-02-28 until 2009-03-13 Crew Astronomer for the 78th mission on board the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) habitat in the Utah desert, USA.
    MDRS serves as testbed for field operations studies in preparation for future human missions to Mars. Our studies encompassed an evaluation of exploration techniques and far-distance teaching, as well as some nutrition, environmental and psychological experiments.
    More info can be found in the final report.


  • 2010-04-12 until 2010-04-20: ESA Esrange Space Center, Kiruna, Sweden.
    The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) flies weather balloons from Esrange, Sweden on a daily basis. Extra flights are available to schools for an accessible fee, allowing schools to have hands-on space education projects for their students. More info can be found in the paper.
  • 2010-05-19: Rocket Science Launch Day I @ Hasselt University.The physics department of Hasselt University welcomes secondary school students and their teachers to do scientific experiments.Click here for more info about the labs currently available.
  • 2010-06-27 until 2010-06-30: ESA Human Spaceflight Teachers’ Workshop in European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • 2011-04-27: Rocket Science Launch Day II @ Hasselt University.
    Frank De Winne, Belgian astronaut and first European commander of the International Space Station, attended the second edition of the yearly organized RSLD.
  • 2011-04-28: Participating in the Asgard-I project.
    The Asgard programme flies every year a stratospheric weather balloon from Brussels for educational purposes.More info on
  • 2011-12-01 until 2011-12-03: ESA Cansat 2012 Teachers’ Workshop.
    CanSats are small ‘satellites’ containing all the necessary subsystems found in a real satellite - such as power and communications – that fit into a 330 ml soft-drink can. They do not go into space but are released from a rocket or a balloon at an altitude of about one kilometer. On their way back to the ground, CanSats have to perform a certain mission and land safely. ESA organizes every year the European CanSat Competition.More info on
  • 2012-03-15: Participating in the Asgard-II project
  • 2012-04-18: Rocket Science Launch Day III @ Hasselt University
  • 2012-04-22 until 2012-04-27: International Polar Year 2012 Conference in Montréal, Quebec, Canada 
    The International Polar Year (IPY) 2012 Conference drew international attention to the Polar Regions, global change, and related environmental, social and economic issues. From Knowledge to Action brought together over 2000 Arctic and Antarctic researchers, policy- and decision-makers, and a broad range of interested parties from academia, industry, non-government, education and circumpolar communities including indigenous peoples. The IPY 2012 Conference contributed to the translation of new polar scientific findings into an evidence-based agenda for action that will influence global decisions, policies and outcomes over the coming years.

    More info on


  • 2013-04-17:Rocket Science Launch Day IV @ Hasselt University
  • 2013-04-25: participating in the Asgard-III project
  • 2013-06-13: presentation of "Data Logging a Water Rocket with Arduino” on the 21stESA Symposium on European Rocket and Balloon Programmes in Thun, Switzerland.
    More info can be found in the paper.
  • 2014-01-17: reaching the final of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament (ESA) with team "Awesome".
    Zero Robotics is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station (ISS). The competition starts online, on this website, where teams program the SPHERES to solve an annual challenge. After several phases of virtual competition in a simulation environment that mimics the real SPHERES, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut conducts the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!
    Dutch astronaut André Kuipers attended the final organized at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), Noordwijk, The Netherlands. He gave a speech about his stay in the ISS during the first six months of 2012.
  • 2014-03-27: participating in the Asgard-IV project.

  • 2014-04-23: Rocket Science Launch Day V @ Hasselt University.