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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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Mission X: Teachers attend launch of project to take children to infinity and beyond

Held at the Science Museum and Imperial College in London, dozens of teachers joined journalist and novelist Lucy Hawking, daughter of physicist Dr Stephen Hawking, and TV Presenter Dallas Campbell to celebrate the launch of Mission X 2017 on Saturday 14 January 2017.The launch provided the opportunity for those who have signed up to the Mission X...

Spacewalk for Thomas Pesquet

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will be the 11th European to perform a spacewalk when he ventures outside the International Space Station next month.Lasting up to seven hours on 13 January 2017, its goal is to ensure the continuity of the power supply of the International Space Station from the 2500 sq m of solar panels.The station commander, Shane...

Is there life on Mars? ExoMars 2020

The first ExoMars mission arrived at the Red Planet in October and now the second mission has been confirmed to complete its construction for a July 2020 launch. ESA and Thales Alenia Space have signed a contract that secures the completion of the European elements of the next mission.The main objective of the ExoMars programme is to address...

The Toughest Job in the Universe

In the last round of astronaut recruitment for the European Space Agency (ESA), more than 8,000 people applied but only six made it through the gruelling programme.Being an astronaut is so tough that only 550 men and women have ever joined the elite to make it into orbit.Do you have what it takes to do the toughest job in the universe? The...

L-Zone Minecraft building competition; enter to win!

L-Zone are holding their annual competition to find the best Minecraft model of the Sentinel-3 or Jason-3 ocean-monitoring satellites.Alternatively your students can get creative and design their own custom satellite or ocean monitoring system.For the first category, entrants will be provided with 3D views of the Sentinel-3 and Jason-3 satellites...

ESERO-UK Summer conference

Registration is now open for the 2017 ESERO-UK Summer conference - save the date.We are running two conferences at Manchester Central along side the UK Space Conference on the following dates:Primary: Wednesday 31 MaySecondary: Thursday 1 June Attendees will gain free entry into the UK Space Conference and get chance to listen to...

Out of this world filmmaking competition

Education organisation Into Film and the UK Space Agency have once again teamed up, calling for young people to submit their films to an exciting new filmmaking competition, Into Film: Into Space & Home. Visit their website for more details.Set to inspire young people about Tim Peake’s adventures in space and return to Earth, the...

Hello, is this planet Earth?

Tim Peake joined presenter Chris Evans on BBC radio 2 this morning to promote his new book - Hello, is this planet Earth?All proceeds from the astronaut’s book will be donated to The Prince’s Trust, a charity that helps young people get into education, training and work. Tim also discussed his time on the International Space Station and...

"Better than in my best dreams"

ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet arrived at the International Space Station after a two day flight with Soyuz spacecraft commander Oleg Novitsky and NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson.The trio was launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on the 17 November. This was the first launch of an ESA astronaut on an upgraded version of the workhorse...

Calling all primary schools - would you like to train like an astronaut in 2017?

Are you a primary school teacher? If so, then don’t miss the chance to register your class to the Mission X challenge 2017 and train with ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and his crew members! You have until 31 December 2016.Mission X is an international challenge for pupils aged 8 to 12 years old.  It focuses on fitness and healthy eating, two...

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