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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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The 2017 European CanSat competition winners are…

More than one hundred students from all over Europe, including the UK winners GWC CanSat, competed in the finals of the 2017 European CanSat competition, organised by the European Space Agency and hosted by ZARM in Bremen, Germany, which took place from 28 June to 2 July. The winning teams were announced on 1 July. The ‘La...

What Tim did next

Four ESA astronauts are currently training at NASA’s Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas. For ESA’s newest astronaut Matthias Maurer, it’s been a chance to inspect a mock-up of NASA’s future space vehicle Orion alongside Tim Peake and Luca Parmitano, both experienced astronauts. Tim and Matthias have undergone spacewalk training in the neutral...

The Tim Peake Primary Project: inspired pupils …and teachers!

On the eve before hearing Tim Peake talk at the UK Space Conference in Manchester, Space Ambassador Sue Andrews looks back on the Tim Peake Primary Project.  Thinking back to my work on the Tim Peake Primary Project, I have just been reading comments from a few children who took part in the project this school year and contemplating how...

Hunt for alien life: atmosphere discovery makes Trappist-1 exoplanet most likely home for life

An Earth-sized world that swings around a star in the constellation of Aquarius has become a priority in the search for extra-terrestrial life after scientists found that an atmosphere could have enveloped the planet for billions of years.The planet is one of seven circling a small star called Trappist-1 which astronomers reported in a wave of...

The Cassini spacecraft dives in between Saturn’s rings

On Wednesday 26 April, the Cassini spacecraft went where no ship has gone before: it begins a series of dives into the space between Saturn and its magnificent rings.The manoeuvre — a series of 22 orbits that will bring Cassini increasingly closer to Saturn’s surface before crashing into it - is called the spacecraft’s “grand finale.”Over its last...

Astro Pi Competition Win For Welsh Team

Four Welsh pupils have become UK winners in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Astro Pi Competition.Tyler, Jack, Harvey and Oliver, aged 17, from Dyffryn Taf School in Carmarthenshire took their school motto of, “Aim for the highest” literally and became one of five teams across the UK to be recognised as winners of this competition.The ESA’s Astro...

Exploring space careers through gaming

How do we explore space and land robots on Mars, and how are young UK scientists leading the world in this exciting journey?This Space Explorers project, designed to engage young people in STEM subjects and ignite interest in space careers, is a series of fun-filled videos, led by astrobiologist Prof. Lewis Dartnell. Games presenters Cam and Seb...

European Astro Pi Challenge winners announced

ESA and its partners are happy to announce that 45 teams will soon have the unique opportunity to have their own experiments running in space after winning the first European Astro Pi Challenge.ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet officially launched the Challenge in October 2016, when he invited teams of students from all ESA Member States to have their...

Free CPD session for Key Stage 3 - Key Stage 5 teachers

The University of Exeter are holding a free CPD session for teachers of Key Stage 3-Key Stage 5 on the theme of ‘Space Weather’ on Tuesday 18 July 4-6pm.Workshops will be delivered by Dr Helen Mason, a solar physicist from the University of Cambridge and Dr Ciaran Beggan from the British Geological Survey. They will demonstrate some exciting links...

Students soar to success in space competition

GWC CanSat, from George Watson’s College in Edinburgh, were announced overall winners of the 2017 CanSat competition and will go on to compete at the European CanSat Competition in Germany.ESERO-UK, the UK space education office announced the winner of the UK round of the international CanSat competition at the National STEM Learning Centre...

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