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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Winners of the 2019 UK CanSat competition announced

 On the 4-6 April 2019, the regional winning teams of CanSat UK 2019 competed in the national finals at the National STEM Learning Centre.All of the teams completed successful launches of their CanSats and gave engaging presentations to the judges showcasing their technical achievements. Thank you to everyone who participated this year, your...

ESA’s new Mars rover has a name: Rosalind Franklin

The ExoMars rover that will search for the building blocks of life on the Red Planet has a name: Rosalind Franklin.The prominent scientist behind the discovery of the structure of DNA will have her symbolic footprint on Mars in 2021.  A panel of experts chose ‘Rosalind Franklin’ from over 36,000 entries submitted by citizens from all ESA...

Moon camp challenge webinars: meet the experts

Are you an aspiring Moon explorer planning to design your camp on the Moon? If so, participate in this series of webinars with experts in 3D design and space exploration.The webinars will provide instructions on two main topics:an exciting overview about past, present and future Moon exploration missionshow to use Tinkercad and Fusion 360 to...

Apply now for the ESA summer and autumn teacher workshops 2019

Applications are now open for the ESA summer and autumn teacher workshops 2019.The summer edition will take place from 9 to 12 July, and the autumn edition from 3 to 6 October. Both workshops take place in the Netherlands and are geared both toward primary and secondary STEM teachers.Both workshops will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands, close...

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut 2019 is open!

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge, focusing on health, science, fitness and nutrition, which encourages pupils to train like an astronaut.The perfect project for school teachers of pupils between 8 and 12 years old, Mission X is also ideal for educators who run science clubs, youth and community...

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