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Amazing Atmospheres with the Institute for Research in Schools

Feynman once said, “The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man”.At the Institute for Research in Schools, we believe the imagination of young people is the greatest of them all. The Institute allows secondary school students to contribute to authentic scientific research. We are almost one year old, and have worked...
  • 30/03/2017

Mission X: Mission Ex-cellent! - an update

The Evington Astronauts have now completed 4 of the Level 1 activities, and we are having a blast!We started with ‘Speed of light’, which was interesting, because we initially thought that we would see youth ‘out- do’ the oldie teachers in this task. In actual fact we realised that this wasn’t necessarily so, with a couple of teachers having much...
Dr Emily Brunsden

Women in space: challenge your ideas of who science is for

I was told from a young age I could do what I wanted with my life. My parents and teachers were wonderfully supportive and keen to point me in the direction of all sorts of opportunities.Still it bugged me as a young teenager when I would get asked again and again what I wanted to do when I grew up. One day, in frustration, I blurted out that I...

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What Tim did next

Four ESA astronauts are currently training at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. For ESA’s newest astronaut Matthias Maurer, it’s been a chance to inspect a mock-up of NASA’s future space vehicle Orion alongside Tim Peake and Luca Parmitano, both experienced astronauts. Tim and Matthias have undergone spacewalk training in the neutral...

The Tim Peake Primary Project: inspired pupils …and teachers!

On the eve before hearing Tim Peake talk at the UK Space Conference in Manchester, Space Ambassador Sue Andrews looks back on the Tim Peake Primary Project.  Thinking back to my work on the Tim Peake Primary Project, I have just been reading comments from a few children who took part in the project this school year and contemplating how...

Hunt for alien life: atmosphere discovery makes Trappist-1 exoplanet most likely home for life

An Earth-sized world that swings around a star in the constellation of Aquarius has become a priority in the search for extra-terrestrial life after scientists found that an atmosphere could have enveloped the planet for billions of years.The planet is one of seven circling a small star called Trappist-1 which astronomers reported in a wave of...

The Cassini spacecraft dives in between Saturn’s rings

On Wednesday 26 April, the Cassini spacecraft went where no ship has gone before: it begins a series of dives into the space between Saturn and its magnificent rings.The manoeuvre — a series of 22 orbits that will bring Cassini increasingly closer to Saturn’s surface before crashing into it - is called the spacecraft’s “grand finale.”Over its last...

Astro Pi Competition Win For Welsh Team

Four Welsh pupils have become UK winners in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Astro Pi Competition.Tyler, Jack, Harvey and Oliver, aged 17, from Dyffryn Taf School in Carmarthenshire took their school motto of, “Aim for the highest” literally and became one of five teams across the UK to be recognised as winners of this competition.The ESA’s Astro...

Exploring space careers through gaming

How do we explore space and land robots on Mars, and how are young UK scientists leading the world in this exciting journey?This Space Explorers project, designed to engage young people in STEM subjects and ignite interest in space careers, is a series of fun-filled videos, led by astrobiologist Prof. Lewis Dartnell. Games presenters Cam and Seb...

European Astro Pi Challenge winners announced

ESA and its partners are happy to announce that 45 teams will soon have the unique opportunity to have their own experiments running in space after winning the first European Astro Pi Challenge.ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet officially launched the Challenge in October 2016, when he invited teams of students from all ESA Member States to have their...

Free CPD session for Key Stage 3 - Key Stage 5 teachers

The University of Exeter are holding a free CPD session for teachers of Key Stage 3-Key Stage 5 on the theme of ‘Space Weather’ on Tuesday 18 July 4-6pm.Workshops will be delivered by Dr Helen Mason, a solar physicist from the University of Cambridge and Dr Ciaran Beggan from the British Geological Survey. They will demonstrate some exciting links...

Students soar to success in space competition

GWC CanSat, from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, were announced overall winners of the 2017 CanSat competition and will go on to compete at the European CanSat Competition in Germany.ESERO-UK, the UK space education office announced the winner of the UK round of the international CanSat competition at the National STEM Learning Centre...

Applications to ESA teacher workshops now open

This year ESA (European space Agency) is organising two teacher workshops dedicated to european primary and secondary school teachers.The summer edition will take place from 11 to 14 July 2017; the autumn edition from 5 to 8 October 2017. Both will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands. Built around space themes such as Earth Observation...

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