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Reaching for the stars

How one teacher’s journey to bring space into the classroom led her to be recognised by the Royal Astronomical Society.Jenny Lister is a primary school teacher at St George the Martyr Primary School in London and has recently been awarded the Patrick Moore medal from the Royal Astronomical Society.We chatted to her about how she has used the...
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World Space Week 2017: exploring new worlds in space

One of the questions at a Tim Peake event I attended recently asked about when there would be astronauts on Mars. Obviously, no-one knows for certain when this will be, but Tim put on the spot, gave an estimate of late 2030’s.This is not that far away and for the audience, including the many children there, it could well happen in our lifetime....

Making estimates about space

Do astronauts cut their hair in space? Recently, I’ve been exploring space in my mathematics classroom. The new curriculum requires students to study mathematics in an unfamiliar context, and the setting of space can provide an engaging way of covering familiar mathematical ideas.Additionally, the new GCSEs in science and design and technology...
  • 31/07/2017

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FREE Primary Space CPD events in Yorkshire and the Humber

Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2015/16 inspired millions of young people and adults to learn more about space. As an ESERO UK Space Ambassador for the past 3 years, Bryony Turford is delighted to share ESERO space resources with educators across Yorkshire and the Humber...

Mission Patch design competition

Enter the Mission Patch Design Competition.For the ESERO-UK Mission Patch design competition, children must design a patch for their team or school that are taking part in Mission X: Train Like An Astronaut, in 2018. Teams must have signed up here to take part.For every space flight, the crew design their own mission patch. The patch normally...

Lucy Hawking and Curved House Kids launch the Mars Diary

Following on from the success of the Principia Space Diary, inspired by Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, Curved House Kids are launching a Mars Diary. The Mars Diary is a creative, empowering STEM-literacy programme for primary-aged students in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Students personalise and...

Student codes chosen to run on the International Space Station

As part of the Astro Pi Challenge, 116 student codes have been selected to be sent to the International Space Station.More than 200 entries were submitted by the teams that had been admitted to the second phase of Mission Space Lab in December 2017.An overwhelming number of high-quality scientific proposals and codes made the selection process...

Dallas Campbell inspires teachers and children with space exploration

We were delighted to welcome presenter Dallas Campbell to the National STEM Learning Centre on 22 February 2018.In a keynote address, Dallas inspired both teachers and children alike, talking about everything from the qualities needed to become an astronaut to the future of space exploration.Dallas spoke to over one hundred children and teachers...

Have your say in the development of new educational resources

On 6 March 2018, ESERO-UK is holding a workshop focused on the development of new teaching resources linked to Earth Observation.If you’re a geography or computing teacher, this is your chance to influence the development of resources on a national level.Researchers from the School of Earth and Environment at the University of Leeds will be...

Biggest rocket ever to launch a car into space

SpaceX will launch the Falcon Heavy rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, as early as 18.30 GMT on 6 February 2018.The Falcon Heavy is the largest rocket ever built, with 27 engines, giving 23,000 kilonewtons of thrust. It is designed with the eventual goal of taking astronauts to Mars but on its maiden voyage it will instead be taking a Tesla car...

Deadline approaching: Space for all - community funding scheme

The UK Space Agency is making up to £45K available under its “Space for All” community funding scheme.This is a competitive process which offers small grants up to a maximum of £10,000 for each award. The scheme is run to support the education and outreach aims and objectives of the UK Space Agency education programme, as set out in its Education...

ESERO UK receives funding for The James Webb Space Telescope Design Challenge

The UK Space Agency has awarded £210,000 of funding for seven new education and outreach activities.The projects are designed to inspire interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and provide exciting contexts for the teaching of a range of subjects. This will, in turn, help the growth of the space sector, which is...

Calling all primary schools - would you like to train like an astronaut in 2018?

Are you a primary school teacher? If so, then don’t miss the chance to register your class to the Mission X challenge 2018 and train with ESA Astronaut Paolo Nespoli! You have until 31 December 2017 to register.Mission X is an international challenge for pupils aged 8 to 12 years old. It focuses on fitness and healthy eating, two very important...

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