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...
Exomars

Amazing Atmospheres with the Institute for Research in Schools

Feynman once said, “The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man”.At the Institute for Research in Schools, we believe the imagination of young people is the greatest of them all. The Institute allows secondary school students to contribute to authentic scientific research. We are almost one year old, and have worked...
  • 30/03/2017

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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...

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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