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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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Ten activities for World Space Week

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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ESA’s new Mars rover has a name: Rosalind Franklin

The ExoMars rover that will search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet has a name: Rosalind Franklin.The prominent scientist behind the discovery of the structure of DNA will have her symbolic footprint on Mars in 2021.  A panel of experts chose ‘Rosalind Franklin’ from over 36,000 entries submitted by citizens from all ESA...

Moon camp challenge webinars: meet the experts

Are you an aspiring Moon explorer planning to design your camp on the Moon? If so, participate in this series of webinars with experts in 3D design and space exploration.The webinars will provide instructions on two main topics:an exciting overview about past, present and future Moon exploration missionshow to use Tinkercad and Fusion 360 to...

Apply now for the ESA summer and autumn teacher workshops 2019

Applications are now open for the ESA summer and autumn teacher workshops 2019.The summer edition will take place from 9 to 12 July, and the autumn edition from 3 to 6 October. Both workshops take place in the Netherlands and are geared both toward primary and secondary STEM teachers.Both workshops will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, close...

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut 2019 is open!

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge, focusing on health, science, fitness and nutrition, which encourages pupils to train like an astronaut.The perfect project for school teachers of pupils between 8 and 12 years old, Mission X is also ideal for educators who run science clubs, youth and community...

Space for all: community funding scheme 2019

The UK Space Agency is making up to £65,000 available under its Space for All community funding scheme for 2019-2021.This is a competitive process which will offer 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, as set out in its...

Welcome to the new and improved ESA Kids website

The ESA Education office is proud to launch the new and improved ESA Kids website, the online home of Paxi, the ESA Education mascot. With the new design and organisation, ESA Kids is the one-stop shop for all space-related information, resources, multimedia, and activities for children.The ESA Kids platform has a new look and feel that...

ESERO-UK Space Ambassadors win award

The ESERO-UK Space Ambassadors have been awarded the 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Achievement – Education and Outreach Team.They were rewarded for their inspirational and enthusiastic work with teachers and pupils in hundreds of schools per year across the UK, using space as a context in STEM subjects to inspire the next generation of...

ESERO-UK endorses FIRST® LEGO® League competition 2018

ESA has teamed up with LEGO to provide inspiration, support and expertise to the European teams participating in the FIRST® LEGO® League competition 2018, under the theme of Space.For more information, click here.ESERO-UK also wants to help the teams find information and relevant space examples that can be useful for teams’ projects.Teams should...

Launch to Mercury: BepiColumbo

The BepiColombo mission to Mercury is scheduled to launch aboard an Ariane 5 from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 01:45 GMT on 20 October 2018.BepiColombo is a joint endeavour between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA. It is the first European mission to Mercury, the smallest and least explored planet in the inner...

Join two new ESA projects: Explore the Moon and Earth's Climate

At the beginning of the World Space Week, ESA is proud to present two new school challenges: Climate Detectives and Moon Camp.Meant for teams of school students guided by a teacher or educator, Moon Camp and Climate Detectives give young people the chance to run interdisciplinary projects and develop new skills, ranging from science and technology...

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