Using gravity to measure time (and other measurements at home)

How can you use gravity to measure time?  We are so used to our digital watches, clocks and mobile phones that it is easy to forget that it was not so long ago that most clocks relied on a pendulum to measure time, and the swing of the pendulum depends on gravity.At the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) we have set some measurement...
Eleonor Frost

My journey as a space STEM Ambassador

Can you really have a career in space? The answer is YES, and that’s the message I hope to spread through my STEM Ambassador work.As a graduate only a year on in my career, at first, I felt inexperienced for an Ambassador, let alone advocating for an industry I haven’t established myself in. However, I felt the need for representation of both...

Ten activities for Space Week

World Space Week takes place annually from 4-10 October, but running a Space Week is a great thing to do at any time of the year. Here are some ideas to get you started, either as a class or as part of a whole school space week.Ten activities for Space WeekExcite younger learners with these engaging short films showing the alien Paxi exploring the...

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Isle of Man school wins planet-naming competition

Following a public vote, the UK has named an exoplanet Cruinlagh and its host star Gloas, two suggestions put forward by a primary school on the Isle of Man.As part of a global competition launched by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to celebrate its 100th anniversary, schools and youth organisations across the country were invited...

Astronaut Tim Peake attending UK Schools Conference

ESERO-UK, the UK Space Agency and the University of York are organising a Schools Space Conference in March to give students of all ages the opportunity to present their work that links to the space industry and education.Approximately 100 schools will be able to attend the conference in York, a maximum of 6 students with up to 2 accompanying...

UK public given chance to vote on new planet name

The UK public is being given the opportunity to name an exoplanet and its host star as part of a competition run by the International Astronomical Union (IAU) to celebrate its 100th anniversary.Last month, hundreds of UK schools and youth organisations submitted naming ideas, with suggestions ranging from Celtic mythology to UK mountains and...

Registrations for Mission X 2020 are now open!

Mission X Train like an Astronaut is a free educational programme developed by space scientists and fitness professionals working with astronauts and space agencies across the world.Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire students to learn about science, nutrition, exercise and space. It is aimed at students aged 8 to 12 but...

Inspiring a million space dreams

“Space is a fascinating subject that has an incredible capacity to inspire.” So says British astronaut Tim Peake at the launch of a scheme to help the space sector deliver a million engagement activities a year with young people across the UK. The One Million Interactions initiative was launched at the UK Space Agency’s conference in Newport...

ESERO-UK celebrates 10 years

ESERO-UK's 10th anniversary event was held at the UK Space Conference in Newport on 24-26 September 2019.To celebrate our successes, we will be joined by Yvonne Baker, STEM Learning Chief Executive, representatives from the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency and Astronaut Tim Peake.At the event we’ll hear why ESERO is so important to...

UK ExoWorld Competition: name an exoplanet and its host star

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is giving young people across the UK the opportunity to name their own exoplanet and the star it orbits.Worldwide, the IAU ExoWorld Naming Competition has invited 93 countries to give a new name to different planetary systems, consisting of an...

Can your school take on the challenge? Out of this world school projects

ESERO is pleased to announce the launch of five school projects aimed at primary and secondary school students that will run in the 2019-20 school year. These educational initiatives are to help young people improve their literacy and achievement in STEM subjects using their creativity and critical thinking.  The European Astro Pi...

ESERO-UK school conferences 2019- celebrate the 50th anniversary of the First Manned Lunar Landing

Exactly 50 years ago on July 20, Apollo 11 landed on the Moon and the world heard these famous words as Neil Armstrong lowered onto the surface of the Moon: “That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”On May 25, 1961, President John F. Kennedy announced the dramatic and ambitious goal of sending an American safely to the Moon...

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We may be over a year from the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, but the mission to inspire and involve UK school pupils with this incredible instrument, and the UK’s part in developing it, is already well underway.An exciting new school project will encourage thousands of British students to realise their inner space expert and explore...

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