Four ways to bring the night sky into your classroom this Winter

Many people don’t like the long dark nights that winter brings, but when they’re clear, they can be one of the most beautiful sights in the natural world.There’s something amazing about looking up at a clear night sky. Nothing captures my imagination quite like looking at thousands of stars and imagining the worlds which might be orbiting them.The...
  • 06/02/2017

Does antimatter matter?

Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to join a group of teachers on one of STEM Learning’s visits to CERN, Geneva. Along with inspiring lectures, a visit to the Large Hadron Collider, and some excellent rösti and fondue, we also went to an antimatter factory. Apart from being housed in a large warehouse, on what looks like an...
  • 01/02/2017

The US Election, Brexit and communicating across international borders

With news of Donald Trump winning the US election, and Brexit and Article 50 discussions onging, we should not forget that these political events will actually be raising awareness of the United Kingdom’s place within Europe and in the World.  In schools we can seize on these opportunities to discuss the impact of these changes in a variety...
  • 14/11/2016

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Mission X – Train Like an Astronaut YouTube training session

On Wednesday 15 February the ESERO-UK team did a live YouTube demonstration as part of the Mission X ‘Train like an astronaut’ activities for participating schools.The schools were invited to take part in a live webinar broadcast where Tom Lyons (ESERO-UK Teacher Fellow) and Dave Gibbs (STEM computing and technology specialist) lead viewers...

NASA telescope reveals seven Earth-sized planets around single star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets around a single star.Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets...

Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Young people have the chance to win £10,000 in a competition to come up with ideas on how to use satellite data to improve life on Earth.The SatelLife Challenge, run by the UK Space Agency, is looking for inspirational ideas from those aged 11 to 22, linking satellite and space data and its application to everyday life.Examples could include using...

Take part in our live Mission X online training

On 15 February 2017 between 4:30-5pm, ESERO-UK is running a live demonstration around Mission X.Subject experts will lead you through a variety of science-themed activities linked to Mission X – Train Like An Astronaut.Using the below shopping list, you can try out the experiments for yourself. During the live demonstration, you will also be able...

Welcome to our improved website

We have just unveiled an enhanced website design with new, exciting features.We've been working hard to make sure our site your needs and we'd like you to take a look around the site and let us know what you think.Whether you are looking for inspiring resources, space-related CPD, or content tailored to your phase of teaching, our improved website...

Inflight call with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

On Tuesday 24 January, teachers and students from Ireland, Romania, and Portugal were connected by video connection with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS).Teachers asked Thomas questions about how space is used in everyday life and how the many applications from space research have...

Mission X: Teachers attend launch of project to take children to infinity and beyond

Held at the Science Museum and Imperial College in London, dozens of teachers joined journalist and novelist Lucy Hawking, daughter of physicist Dr Stephen Hawking, and TV Presenter Dallas Campbell to celebrate the launch of Mission X 2017 on Saturday 14 January 2017.The launch provided the opportunity for those who have signed up to the Mission X...

Spacewalk for Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be the 11th European to perform a spacewalk when he ventures outside the International Space Station next month.Lasting up to seven hours on 13 January 2017, its goal is to ensure the continuity of the power supply of the International Space Station from the 2500 sq m of solar panels.The station commander, Shane...

Is there life on Mars? ExoMars 2020

The first ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet in October and now the second mission has been confirmed to complete its construction for a July 2020 launch. ESA and Thales Alenia Space have signed a contract that secures the completion of the European elements of the next mission.The main objective of the ExoMars programme is to address...

The Toughest Job in the Universe

In the last round of astronaut recruitment for the European Space Agency (ESA), more than 8,000 people applied but only six made it through the gruelling programme.Being an astronaut is so tough that only 550 men and women have ever joined the elite to make it into orbit.Do you have what it takes to do the toughest job in the universe? The...

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