Space as a context for teaching science - the James Webb Space Telescope SV205


Enrich your classroom teaching by using space and the upcoming launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) as an inspiring context for learning STEM subjects.

Come to the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory and see cutting-edge facilities where hundreds of instruments have been tested before being sent out into space. Learn from scientists and engineers who have worked on this ground-breaking telescope as well as from educators who will showcase curriculum-relevant resources. You will take these away and integrate them into your own teaching before coming back together in the autumn to share your ideas.

Due for launch in 2018, the James Webb Space Telescope will address some of the biggest open questions about our Universe: when did the first galaxies emerge? How do stars and planets form? How unique is our planet? JWST is also a marvel of engineering, and the Mid-Infrared Instrument (MIRI), one of the key science instruments on board, was designed, built and tested here in the UK. Described as the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST is expected to re-write textbooks and hit the headlines just as Hubble did.

This course has an associated ENTHUSE Bursary, covering the full course fee, travel, accommodation and all meals (for eligible schools and colleges).

Course fees vary for participants outside the UK. Please contact for more information.


You will be able to:

  • increase your subject knowledge of an inspirational area of cutting-edge research and technology development
  • explore a range of flexible, practical  ideas to use space in general – and JWST specifically – to provide an inspiring context for learning across the physics curriculum
  • try out and take away materials for a collection of curriculum-linked, space-based practical activities in the areas of: cosmology, exoplanets, stellar evolution and thermal insulation
  • tour facilities and meet scientists and engineers working on the JWST project

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