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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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Applications to ESA teacher workshops now open

This year ESA (European space Agency) is organising two teacher workshops dedicated to european primary and secondary school teachers.The summer edition will take place from 11 to 14 July 2017; the autumn edition from 5 to 8 October 2017. Both will take place in Leiden, the Netherlands. Built around space themes such as Earth Observation...

European Space Agency’s new robotics training workshop for primary school teachers – applications now open

Key stage 2 teachers from ESA Member and Associate States are invited to apply to a new and unique training module on robotics.The workshop will take place on 29 and 30 June 2017 at ESA’s e-robotics lab, an education facility located at ESA’s Redu centre in Belgium. During the 2-day workshop, teachers will learn how to use space robotics to...

The Astro Science Challenge

The Astro Science Challenge is the interactive, space science adventure for children aged 7-11 to inspire them in STEM subjects.It is designed and delivered by the multi award winning Unlimited Space Agency in collaboration with some of the UK’s most brilliant space science organisations including the UK Space Agency.The Astro Science Challenge is...

Space Apps Challenge 2017

Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world.Save the dateApril 29, 30Last year’s hackathon was the largest yet, with more than 160 events and 15,000 people participating across 6 continents. Students and professionals, beginners and veterans from all corners of the globe can join in to share ideas...

Mission X – Train Like an Astronaut YouTube training session

On Wednesday 15 February the ESERO-UK team did a live YouTube demonstration as part of the Mission X ‘Train like an astronaut’ activities for participating schools.The schools were invited to take part in a live webinar broadcast where Tom Lyons (ESERO-UK Teacher Fellow) and Dave Gibbs (STEM computing and technology specialist) lead viewers...

NASA telescope reveals seven Earth-sized planets around single star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-sized planets around a single star.Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water.The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets...

Competition to uncover space entrepreneurs of tomorrow

Young people have the chance to win £10,000 in a competition to come up with ideas on how to use satellite data to improve life on Earth.The SatelLife Challenge, run by the UK Space Agency, is looking for inspirational ideas from those aged 11 to 22, linking satellite and space data and its application to everyday life.Examples could include using...

Take part in our live Mission X online training

On 15 February 2017 between 4:30-5pm, ESERO-UK is running a live demonstration around Mission X.Subject experts will lead you through a variety of science-themed activities linked to Mission X – Train Like An Astronaut.Using the below shopping list, you can try out the experiments for yourself. During the live demonstration, you will also be able...

Welcome to our improved website

We have just unveiled an enhanced website design with new, exciting features.We've been working hard to make sure our site your needs and we'd like you to take a look around the site and let us know what you think.Whether you are looking for inspiring resources, space-related CPD, or content tailored to your phase of teaching, our improved website...

Inflight call with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet

On Tuesday 24 January, teachers and students from Ireland, Romania, and Portugal were connected by video connection with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently living and working on the International Space Station (ISS).Teachers asked Thomas questions about how space is used in everyday life and how the many applications from space research have...

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