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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...
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Students invited to help select potential targets for the world’s cutting-edge space observatory

The Institute for Research in Schools (IRIS) are partnering with astronomers from the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UKATC) with the aim of identifying potential targets for the James Webb Space Telescope, which will be launched by NASA in 2021.Students will contribute to studies which aim to...

European astro pi challenge is back for 2018/19

Ever wanted to run your own experiment in space? Then you’re in luck! ESA Education, in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018/2019 European Astro Pi Challenge!In this challenge, we offer students and young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing...

Apply now - Mars educational materials development grant scheme

The European Space Education Resource Office, on behalf of the UK Space Agency is making up to £50K available to organisations that are seeking to develop classroom resources focused on the Robotic Exploration of Mars.Resources should be designed to be delivered by teachers in lessons or off timetable STEM Clubs, and by visiting STEM Ambassadors....

Making a home on the Moon: we want your ideas

A new ESA-led project is investigating the ways that 3D printing could be used to create and run a habitat on the Moon.Everything from building materials to solar panels, equipment and tools to clothes, even nutrients and food ingredients can potentially be 3D printed. But if you were headed to the Moon, what would you want to 3D print, to turn a...

Astronaut Tim Peake launches competition to name ExoMars Rover

The UK Space Agency has launched a competition to name a rover which is being sent to Mars to search for signs of life, as the UK Government's Holiday Makers campaign kicks off, as part of the Year of Engineering.Due to launch in August 2020 the UK-built rover is part of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars mission which will look at how Mars has...

Liquid water 'lake' revealed on Mars

Researchers have found evidence of an existing body of liquid water on Mars. What they believe to be a lake sits under the planet's south polar ice cap, and is about 20km (12 miles) across.Previous research found possible signs of intermittent liquid water flowing on the Martian surface, but this is the first sign of a persistent body of water on...

Let’s talk about asteroids

Tomorrow (June 30) marks World Asteroid Day, an UN-sanctioned day which raises global awareness of asteroids, their potential for impact damage, and what we can do to protect our planet.Ahead of the day, which provides an opportunity to learn more about asteroids, the European Space Agency (ESA) has released an infographic detailing our...

Space Education Quality Mark: free accreditation for your school or college

ESERO-UK has relaunched the new and improved Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM) for 2018.SEQM is free to take part in and designed to support UK schools and colleges who want to inspire and engage their students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects through the context of space.Why get involved?gain recognition for...

An interstellar asteroid is our oldest visitor

An interstellar asteroid has been found to be a permanent foreign visitor to our solar system, making it the first known outsider which orbits the sun.  Identified during a wide sky survey in 2015, it has now been revealed that the asteroid (known as BZ) moves in a retrograde orbit, meaning it travels in the opposite direction to almost...

The new tool set to explore our universe

There’s a space telescope currently being developed which will grant us a deeper view into the universe than we have ever had before.Set to launch in 2019, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) will be the largest telescope ever launched into space and will carry on the work of its predecessor, the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).HST images have...

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