Astro Academy: Principia

In 2016, European Space Agency Astronaut, Tim Peake, carried out a series of experiments on the International Space Station, using equipment designed by the National Space Academy. 

The overall programme includes the following topics from UK physics and chemistry secondary school...

Once upon a time

Join Rosetta and Philae on their journey to rendezvous with a comet in these animated videos. The fairytale begins at launch and follows the comet-chasing duo on their voyage to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Each stage of the mission is brought to life and explained in a child-friendly...

Teaching space

Primary School Activity Booklet

This booklet, produced by Dr. Lucie Green, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), contains four simple activities to enrich the teaching of Solar system science and beyond. The activities are: Keeping Safe in the Sun –...

Earth

Earth and space: space presenters

Produced by the Hamilton Trust, these resources give details of seven lessons on space. This includes lesson plans, practical activities and all student materials. Students find facts about the Sun, Moon and Earth. They develop an understanding of day and night, the four seasons and the Moon’s...

Stars

Stars Activity Sheets

The students worksheets consist of a set of questions based on these topics: Circumpolar stars – their definition and use to measure the Earth’s rotational period Constellations – asterisms and constellations Looking North – questions on declination and right ascension for Ursa Major Looking...

Fruit Solar System

This activity, from the Royal Observatory Greenwich, helps students grasp the various sizes of planets in our Solar System using mostly fruit, with some other items. The class discussion before the activity encourages students to take an educated guess as to which planet each item represents....

Footagevault Space Video Clips

A selection of archived film clips from Footagevault looking at historic space footage. Film clips available include: 'Saturn V rocket lift-off', 'The hammer and the feather on the moon', 'Astronauts leaping on the moon' and more. Footagevault has kindly provided clips which can be used with no...

Molecules

Molecules of Life

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Tell-tale signs of a shooting star: comets, meteors and craters in the solar system

In this activity, children learn that a shooting star or meteor is a piece of rock that lights up as it travels through the Earth’s atmosphere. They also work scientifically to investigate how craters are formed when a meteor strikes a planetary surface. Finding out how the appearance of a crater depends on the meteor...
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Cloud chamber: radioactivity in a cosmic setting

Cloud chambers are boxes specially made to detect charged particles and radiation. In this activity, a cloud chamber, made from a plastic fish tank or terrarium, is used to observe alpha and beta particles.  The suggested source used in the cloud chamber is a thoriated welding rod.  Dry ice is used...
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Principia mission - maths in space

On December 15th 2015 European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake launched on the six month Principia mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Principia was named after Isaac Newton’s Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.The education and inspiration of young...
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Primary School Activity Booklet

This booklet, produced by Dr. Lucie Green, from the Mullard Space Science Laboratory, and funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), contains four simple activities to enrich the teaching of Solar system science and beyond. The activities are: Keeping Safe in the Sun – learning about UV and sun...
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Stars Activity Sheets

The students worksheets consist of a set of questions based on these topics: Circumpolar stars – their definition and use to measure the Earth’s rotational period Constellations – asterisms and constellations Looking North – questions on declination and right ascension for Ursa Major Looking South 1 - questions on...
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Footagevault Space Video Clips

A selection of archived film clips from Footagevault looking at historic space footage. Film clips available include: 'Saturn V rocket lift-off', 'The hammer and the feather on the moon', 'Astronauts leaping on the moon' and more. Footagevault has kindly provided clips which can be used with no charge.Footagevault's...
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The seasons: light intensity and latitude

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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 curriculum including...
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Are We Alone?

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Rocket science: final report

In the summer of 2016, six hundred thousand children became space biologists as they began a 35 day experiment to sow and grow rocket seeds that had spent six months on board the International Space Station. This report tells of the journey these young people took to discover the answer to this question and the impact...
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