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|
|Age||7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19|