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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 curricula:Newton’s LawsMomentum...
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Principia Space Diary

The Principia Space Diary aims to help children find out more about the Principia mission, to strengthen literacy and visual literacy skills and engage children in STEM learning. The diary is supported over the six months of Tim's mission by lesson plans released each month. The teaching notes produced so far...
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Principia Space Diary: making history

In this activity children explore timelines, identifying dates relevant to themselves and their families and then significant events in the history of space exploration. They could then interview family and friends about their favourite space memories. This resource is part of the Principia Space Diary, provided by...
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Principia Space Diary: space gardening

Growing plants on the International Space Station (ISS) is an important research area as it has the potential to help future exploration. In this activity, children consider the different factors that impact the growth of plants and how growing plants on the ISS may be different to growing them on the Earth.This...
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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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Principia Space Diary: robots in space

Robots are really useful in space as they can do lots of different jobs, some of which are too difficult or dangerous for humans. This activity looks at the different uses of robots in space exploration, with children researching the different uses of robots including robotic arms, Moon buggies and space probes. They...
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Principia Space Diary: the solar system

In this activity children read and extract key facts about the different planets in our Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Using this information they write a planetary report describing each of the planets in the solar system. This resource is part of the Principia Space...
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Principia Space Diary: 8 minutes to space

In this creative writing activity children imagine what it is like to leave Earth on a journey into outer space.  It uses the context of British astronaut Tim Peake’s journey to the International Space Station as a stimulus to develop literacy skills.This resource is part of the Principia Space Diary, provided by...
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Principia Space Diary: looking at Earth from space

This creative writing exercise asks your space apprentices to choose a place on Earth that they have never been to, and imagine what it might be like to visit. They will use a selection of images that Tim Peake took while on board the ISS as visual writing prompts.This resource is part of the Principia Space Diary,...
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Tim Peake Mission Overview Video

In this interview, Tim Peake discusses the Principia mission. Named after Isaac Newton’s text Naturalis Principia Mathematica, ESA’s Principia mission will be the eighth long-duration mission to the International Space Station.British astronaut Tim Peake will be launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan onboard a Russian...
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