New activities from ESA, Climate Detectives and Moon Camp

I get a lot of queries from clubs looking for some longer term projects and I've just heard about two really good challenges just released by ESA which are great for clubs and schools whether primary or secondary.

Both activities will give students a chance for some in-depth project work lasting for several weeks. Working in teams and covering a range of STEM subjects with plenty of opportunity to improve all important communication skills! One activity investigates living on the moon and the other the ever changing climate of Planet Earth – great topics to start off the autumn term.

Moon Camp focuses on an astronaut’s base camp, designing the shelter, working out power and water supplies, how the astronauts will grow food and protect themselves from radiation or meteorites. The challenge offers up some real possibilities for cross-departmental working, not to mention the 3D design opportunity and would be ideal for clubs looking to mix in a little art and design.

Climate Detectives is a topical project touching on some very real issues governing the planet. Students get to investigate their local environment, identify climate issues and carry out an in-depth investigation, using data from satellites and other sources to suggest a solution. Another great chance for some cross-curricular working.

You can find out more on the ESA site, get in touch and let me know how you get on, you could post some of your designs and ideas ready for STEM Clubs Week 2019 (Feb  4-8).

If anyone has ideas for other longer term projects, please post them as a lot of clubs are looking for inspiration. Thanks.


Subject(s)Computing, Data & Information, Cross curricular, Design and technology, Design for society and the environment, Design skills, Engineering, Food science, Science, Physics, Working scientifically, Earth science, Enquiries and investigations, Food Preparation and Nutrition, Practical work
Age7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19
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Destination Ima...

Destination Imagination offers 7 new Long-Term Challenges every year.

They are all very cross-curricular, but each with a different STEAM focus (Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Engineering & Improvisation, as well as one for Early Years, and another which is based on a community project).

Students work in teams, and all of the ideas & work must be their own (no outside intereference), though adult Team Managers help to develop their skills and guide them through the process.  As a result, students develop independent thinking, exceptional collaboration, creative & critical thinking, problem solving, project management skills, STEAM (STEM + Arts) knowledge & ablity, resilience and much more. 

The Challenges are all truly open ended (with the same challenge given to Key Stage 2 teams as to University Level teams) with teams earning points for their orignality, creativity and effort, as well as the final outcomes.

In Spring each year, teams showcase their solutions at the Destination Imagination UK National Tournament, and also take part in an Instant Challenge (to challenge all those skills in an unseen "think-on-your-feet" Challenge lasting just 6-8 minutes). 

Top Performing teams earn an invitation to the incredible Global Finals in the USA (circa 17,000 people participate in this 4 day hugely positive celebration of everything STEAM): NASA, Ford & Disney are amongst previous & current sponsors & exhibitors.

Full resources, including session planning templates & activities are provided, as well as direct training and ongoing support from Destination Imagination UK.

See the attached introduction & overview of this year's challenges. and YouTube also have great videos for more insight.

The 2018-2019 Season has started, but there is still time to register!

Jo Mitchell

Thanks for posting these, very helpful! You might like to post them as a separate item as well, so that more people can see them. Have you added them to the resource listing on the website - if not its worth doing.