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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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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...

New ESA Climate Detectives - get involved

Climate Detectives is an ESA school project for 8-15-year-old pupils. Students are challenged to make a difference in understanding and protecting the Earth’s climate.They will identify a climate problem by observing their local environment and be tasked to investigate it as Climate Detectives. Based on their investigation, teams will...

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...

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