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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
Tim Peake

Exploring the geometry and measures of space exploration

Given he was about as far away from Earth as anyone could be for half of the year, it was hard to escape from Tim Peake in 2016. Whilst the news coverage brought his journey into homes across the country, his mission also had a presence in my mathematics classroom.In December 2015 the Principia mission launched. Tim boarded a Soyuz rocket bound...

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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...

Dark Matter Day 2017

On Tuesday October 31 2017, the world will celebrate the historic hunt for the unseen—something that scientists refer to as dark matter.Global, regional, and local events are being planned on and around that date by institutions and individuals looking to engage the public in discussions about what we already know about dark matter and the many...

MINAR 2017 runs in October at the Boulby Mine

A kilometre underground, in the Boulby Mine, around 30 scientists will gather until 20 October for the fifth underground campaign of MINAR (Mine Analogue Research) to develop science and technology for the robotic and human exploration of Mars and the Moon.Researchers from institutions across Europe, NASA, The SETI Institute and the Kalam Centre...

Tim Peake's Soyuz capsule and VR experience goes on UK tour

The Soyuz capsule that brought Tim Peake home from space could be landing near you soon, to reveal just what it’s like to be an astronaut.The capsule is embarking on a tour of the UK until May 2019.Tour dates•National Science and Media Museum—Bradford 27 September 2017 – 19 November 2017 •Locomotion—Shildon, County Durham 22...

Are we alone? Searching for planets beyond our solar system

Based on the search for planets beyond our solar system, “Are we alone?” is an innovative, cross-curricular, STEM-based resource comprising a set of nine lessons that use creative activities to encourage and inspire children to work scientifically.Taking on roles of astrobiologists, space engineers or galactic astronomers, pupils also learn about...

European Astro PI Challenge 2017 - 2018

The European Astro Pi Challenge 2017-2018 is giving school students the chance to run their own science investigation in space by means of computer coding.This year’s Challenge will feature two different levels of complexity: mission Zero and mission Space Lab.Astro Pi – mission Zero In this mission, students will contribute to the daily routine...

Your chance to get involved in the next human outpost in space!

Do you have ideas on how the next generation of space station can be utilised for the education of students?Send your ideas to ESA for the educational use of the future Deep Space Gateway human outpost.What is the Deep Space Gateway?The Deep Space Gateway will be a human habitable outpost near the Moon. The concept of this new strategic station is...

Mission X 2018 open for registration

This is your chance to be part of Mission X 2018Mission X is an international project led by the UK Space Agency, NASA and ESA and involving 29 different countries.Mission X participants train like an astronaut, learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules, and get excited about the world's...

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