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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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Tim celebrates with the new Prime Minister

 Tim Peake met the new UK Prime Minister Theresa May last week, as they celebrated his return to Earth with a welcome home party behind the famous door at 10 Downing Street.Tim was invited to attend a reception at 10 Downing Street on Monday 18 July, where he was also given the opportunity to meet a number of school children who've been...

UK schools celebrate Tim's return

 Two weeks ago Tim Peake landed back on Earth with a bang. Since returning he has been subjected to medical checks and rehabilitation at the European Astronaut Centre in Germany.More exciting than the British astronaut’s return to Earth is the news that he will be back in the UK within the next fortnight.Schools around the UK celebrated...

Asteroid Day – ask an expert

 30 June 2016 is Asteroid Day. Don’t panic - we are not expecting an impact today but the idea of Asteroid Day is to raise awareness that impacts do happen and that we can do more to try to track and deflect asteroids that may hit the Earth. ESA experts will be answering questions at 14:45 GMT.You may remember the Chelyabinsk...

Tim Peake returning to Earth

On Saturday 18 June, British ESA astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth following his six month stay on the International Space Station (ISS). He is estimated to land at approx. 9:00 GMT.The landing will be covered live on ESA TV.Tim Peake launched to space in December 2015 and millions of people across the world watched the live feed with...

ESERO-UK and Royal Astronomical Society teacher conference

We have an exciting free event taking place on 1 July in Nottingham, our teacher CPD conference will include sessions across the sciences on the theme of space and astronomy, linked in to the curriculum in upper secondary and post-16.We have a selection of experts including our very own Tom Lyons, Clare Mcloughlin from the Royal Astronomical...

ESERO-UK Grant Scheme - open for schools

After the success of the round 1 and 2 ESERO-UK grant schemes for schools, the round 3 scheme funded by the UK Space Agency, allows schools to bid for a larger grant of up to £6000.All UK primary and secondary schools, including those that were successful in rounds 1 and 2 can apply for a round 3 grant. Tim’s mission to the ISS ends this June...

The Gaia spacecraft mission

Do you want to learn from the scientists and engineers involved in one of the most important space missions to be launched this decade?On the 13 June we kick-off an exciting five day event that takes place over two venues; York and Oxfordshire. Delegates will have the opportunity to take part in a series of practical activities that will include...

How many people does it take to put an astronaut in space?

ESERO-UK's very own Tom Lyons has recently had an article published on the Guardian Careers website, you can read a short extract of his article here.For each mission, medics, psychologists and engineers all work behind the scenes to send astronauts safely into orbit and bring them home.Astronauts are the pop stars of science...

New landing date for Tim Peake

ESA astronaut Tim Peake and his crewmates Yuri Malenchenko and Tim Kopra will return to Earth on 18 June, giving them almost two more weeks more in space than their original mission.Each International Space Station crew flies as a trio to the outpost and back to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft. About every three months, a crew returns to Earth shortly...

Principia Schools' Conferences

ESERO-UK and the UK Space Agency wants to celebrate the imaginative work linked to Tim Peake’s Principia mission that is being done by children of all ages by organising a pair of schools conferences where they can present their work to leading space experts and, if his schedule allows, Tim Peake.These conferences will take place at the ...

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