Exoplanets

Are we alone: the search for planets beyond our Solar System

This exciting resource consists of nine practical activities based upon the search for exoplanets, (planets beyond our own solar system), where life may exist. Aimed at primary children aged 7–11, activities are based around working scientifically  and link to many aspects of the science...

Biology Activities

These We Are Aliens! related biology activities for the class room have been devised by Chris Carr. The resources includes practical activities and worksheets. Supporting videos demonstrate the activities. The following curriculum areas are covered: • Cell biology • Food tests, including starch...

Mission X: train like an astronaut

Mission X is supported by the UK Space Agency, ESA and NASA. It is a free education programme developed by NASA scientists and fitness professional working with astronaut and space agencies across the world. Mission X uses the excitement of space exploration to inspire students to learn more...

Solar system

Birth of the Solar System

Produced by Twig, this animated video is a clear and accessible explanation of how the Solar System fromed. The video describes how:

* the solar system grew from a ball of gas which formed the Sun

* gravity caused heavy material to cluster together and eventually form planets

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Astro Pi

Leading UK space organisations have joined forces with British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake and Raspberry Pi to offer students a chance to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space.

Two Raspberry Pi computers are planned to be flown to the International Space Station (ISS)...

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Planets

Is There Anyone Out There?

This resource was funded by the UK Space Agency and developed by ESERO-UK and CIEC Promoting Science. It is based upon the quest to discover more about the solar system through space projects such as the European Space Agency’s Aurora programme, and NASA’s Curiosity mission seeking to gather...

EO Detective

Astronauts have been taking photographs of the Earth from space for over 50 years and Earth Observation scientists have used satellite images for a similar amount of time.

The EO Detective activities aim to demonstrate how a vantage point in space, such as the International Space Station...

Rocket

Sunlight and Space Travel

This resource from Physicists in Primary Schools (PIPS) supports the teaching of Earth, Sun and Moon and light and shadows at Key Stage Two.

A presentation introduces light and how shadows are formed...

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Space Case

Spacecraft materials kit: the challenge

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TimPix: Whatever the Weather - Monitoring Peake Radiation Levels with Timepix

As part of the educational activities around the British astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station (ISS), this project offers schools the unique opportunity to access and analyse ionising radiation data from the ISS. A variety of data sets will be available from the start with others being made...
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Astro Pi Worksheet

This simple worksheet explains the inputs, sensors and outputs on the Astro Pi board. It contains a section for students to fill in with their ideas and a description of what they would use the Astro Pi for on the International Space Station.
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Every Drop Is Precious

This Astro-Pi resource for upper-primary and lower-secondary schools looks at water as a scarce resource on Earth and in space, how it is used by the human body and how it is recycled on the International Space Station (ISS). Parallels with the terrestrial water cycle are also made. The lesson activities also show how...
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Dodging Bullets

The International Space Station (ISS) is under constant threat from objects moving at speeds not often seen here on Earth. Space junk and micrometeoroids travel many kilometers each second, testing the impact shielding that protects the astronaut inhabitants. This Astro-Pi resource for secondary schools touches on...
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Which Way Is Up?

For teachers of secondary school science, this Astro-Pi physics resource looks at gravity, microgravity and weightlessness. Students learn the fundamentals of gravitational force and potential energy, and apply these ideas to projectiles and orbiting bodies - particularly the International Space Station (ISS).Using...
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Space Radiation

For teachers of advanced physics who may have an interest in computing, this Astro-Pi activity explores radiation in space and considers how it might affect human health. Humans currently live aboard the International Space Station, where they are exposed to radiation emanating from the Sun and from cosmic ray sources...
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Life in a Can

A cross-curricular resource for primary and lower secondary schools that investigates life and how it can be maintained in the harsh atmosphere of space.The engineers and scientists who built the International Space Station are faced with huge challenges - everything needed to keep astronauts alive must be flown up to...
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Fly by the Stars

Satellites and other spacecraft use star cameras to image space and to determine which direction they are pointing.This resource, suitable for upper secondary school students, looks in detail at the night sky, examining objects and orbital motion within the solar system. Constellations and the stories behind them are...
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Stay Sharp

This cross-curricular resource for primary schools looks at reaction-time for astronauts and distances travelled by the International Space Station in that time.Children learn about the body and how nerves allow us to respond to events. They develop systems for measuring reaction times using everyday equipment and...
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