European Space Agency Resources – Secondary

This collection contains a whole range of resources derived from ESA (European Space Agency) research. Many activities can be carried out as stand-alone lessons or mini projects in a STEM Club setting, as well as longer term student research projects ideal for EPQ purposes. There are many...

European Space Agency Resources – Primary

The European Space Agency have provided a range of purposeful and engaging activities to support learners across the Primary stage. These activities cover the Science, Maths, Design Technology, Computing and Topic curriculums through activities linked to life on Earth, our atmosphere and solar...

Martian Explorers

This collection provides 4 units of work linked to Design and Technology, which explore the need for exploration robots, how they work, how their systems collect data and an understanding of the specialised materials and mechanisms they use. All activities centre around the ExoMars Mission and...

The Mars Mission

 

This collection of resources provides activities for children aged from 4-11, using the theme of exploring Mars as the context. The six activities for each age group of children, allow them to find out more about the ExoMars Mission in 2020 and...

Rocket launching

Mission to the Moon

This collection of practical activities, investigations and games is all based on current lunar research. It supports many aspects of working scientifically and links to area of the curriculum including: earth and space, light and shadows, forces, materials, changes of state and rocks and soils...

How to plan and run your own space week

How to Plan and Run Your Own Space Week

This guide  supports primary schools in planning and running their own Space Week, providing a wealth of ideas for activities for children in EYFS and primary schools as well as links to many high-quality resources to support teachers in planning a week of engaging learning experiences for their...

James Webb Space Telescope - Secondary Resources

This collection of resources has been written for design technology teachers to use primarily as part of the curriculum in lower secondary schools.  The resources also include a guide to the James Webb Space Telescope , written for teachers and STEM Ambassadors.

All activities include...

James Webb Space Telescope - Primary Resources

The James Webb Space Telescope will make observations of distant stars and planets. It is due to be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2021 from French Guiana. It is a highly technical design which has taken many years to be designed and made. It has been an international...

Paxi animations

This collection of short animations introduce us to Paxi, the alien explorer and European Space Agency mascot. Paxi introduces himself, then explores the Solar System, investigates comets and looks at how scientists aim to find out if there is evidence for life on Mars. These animations are a...

Latest resources

Ice and beyond: climate science with CryoSat

This book invites teachers to explore some of the many scientific results from the CryoSat mission. The book describes key techniques of precise radar and SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) altimetry, and reviews state-of-the-art achievements. The book is intended as a living document, and will continue to capture new...

Cheops mission video

 With the aid of animations, ESA’s CHEOPS (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) is introduced.

 The video shows how the European space telescope is being used to determine the main characteristics of known extrosolar planets. Launched in Dec. 2019 it is ESA’s first mission in the Cosmic Vision science...

Sea ice from space

In this set of activities, students will investigate Arctic sea ice and its connection to climate. They will discover what happens when oceans freeze by carrying out a series of practical experiments. They have the opportunity to analyse real images from ESA satellites (CryoSat and Copernicus) to locate sea ice...

Our Solar System *suitable for home teaching*

This creative research project allows children working at primary level to discover our closest neighbours in space and develop their communication skills. Working in groups, children research the eight planets, comets and asteroids in our Solar System. They find out about moons and rings, which planets have them...

Rocket Day

This resource from Boxford describes the manufacture and use of parts for a small rocket. It includes exemplar CAD files for the rocket head, holder and launchpad, and pictures of a completed product. The rocket uses a commercially sourced chemical motor. The classification of these motors is explained and safety...

Highways of the oceans - Sea currents and the connection to climate

In this resource from the European Space Agency, students use a multimedia module to learn about sea currents, the highways of the oceans, and how they are important for understanding local climates. Through a hands-on activity students investigate the causes of ocean currents. The final activity use satellite...

After the storm - Tracking hurricane Matthew and analysing its impact

These activities, from the European Space Agency, use the example of Hurricane Matthew to explore the applications of Earth observation data in tracking hurricanes and assessing their aftermath. Students learn how a hurricane develops and the impact that extreme weather can have on society. They do this by...

Understanding Satellite Images

This is a suite of six units of work developed for progressive exploration of digital images and satellite data. The first three units provide an introduction to the fundamentals of manipulating digital images. In the latter three units students apply this foundation knowledge to process and analyse satellite...

The Greenhouse Effect

This short animation film joins the alien, Paxi, as he investigates the greenhouse effect and greenhouse gases and the effect they have on the Earth’s atmosphere. He explores how human activity, such as cars, factories, and food production have increased the amount of carbon dioxide trapped in the...

The Water Cycle

This short animation film joins the alien, Paxi, as he investigates the water cycle. He explains how important water is to life on Earth and how it moves around the Earth.  Paxi delves into the processes of evaporation, condensation, precipitation and collection.

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