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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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

The US Election, Brexit and communicating across international borders

With news of Donald Trump winning the US election, and Brexit and Article 50 discussions onging, we should not forget that these political events will actually be raising awareness of the United Kingdom’s place within Europe and in the World.  In schools we can seize on these opportunities to discuss the impact of these changes in a variety...
  • 14/11/2016

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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...

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...

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...

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