Tim Peake - space resources and inspiration

Tim Peake commenced his journey to the International Space Station in December 2015. During his six month space exploration he has been carrying out experiments, conducting repairs to the ISS, eating bacon sandwiches prepared by Heston Blumenthal and watching the Six Nations tournament.

He is the first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station. 

This page offers support and resources to teachers to enable them to use this space mission to inspire pupils.

Find out more about Tim Peake and follow him on Facebook. Visit the ESA image gallery to find photographs of Tim Peake which you can download.


Tim Peake Grant Scheme (round 3) for schools in the UK

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 schools, including those that were successful in rounds 1 and 2 can apply for the round 3 grant. 

Please complete our online application form to apply for the round 3 grant scheme.

Tim’s mission to the ISS ends this June 2016 and we are now looking for schools to develop projects that will enable them to extend the influence of Tim’s mission so that it continues to have an impact with schools, teachers, pupils and their wider communities in years to come.

As might be expected for the increased amount of money we will expect schools to deliver a detailed proposal to support their application. However, to avoid wasting your effort, we are introducing a two stage process. Stage 1 is a simple application process looking for your ideas. If you are successful at Stage 1 you will be asked to produce a more detailed proposal by 22 August 2016.

Deadline for stage 1 applications is 8 JuLY 2016

Get involved

  • tim peake primary project

    Find out more and register your interest.

    Primary, computing, D&T, Mathematics, science

  • EO Detective

    Use images taken from satellites to become a space detective!

    Primary, Secondary, Science, Mathematics, Computing

  • Principia Space Diary

    The count down to the Principia space mission has begun. Will you become a space apprentice for Tim and help him make this mission a success? Sign up to be part of the adventure.

    Primary, Literacy, Science, Mathematics, D&T, PE

  • Rocket Science

    Help discover what growing plants in space can teach us about life on Earth.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Biology, Science

  • Amateur Radio Call Webcasts

    Tune into the webcasts from schools who have been awarded direct radio link ups with Tim.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16

  • Astro Academy: Principia

    Using the unique microgravity facilities on board the ISS to teach fundamental aspects of physics and chemistry, using experiments and demonstrations that are impossible to conduct on Earth.

    Secondary Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry

  • Astro Pi

    A chance for students to devise and code their own apps or experiment to run in space.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Computing, D&T

  • Careers

    You don’t have to become an astronaut to work in space.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Computing, D&T, Mathematics, Science

  • Chemistry in space

    Workshops from Science and Discovery Centres across the UK.

    Primary, Secondary, Physics, Biology, Chemistry,Computing, D&T, Mathematics

  • Cosmic Classroom

    Watch the replay of the live link between 300 children and Tim Peake.

    Primary, Secondary, Science

  • Destination Space

    Activities about solar power and atmospheric chemistry, linked to Tim Peake's flight to the ISS.

    Secondary, Post-16, Chemistry, Physics, Earth Science

  • I'm an Astronaut, Get me out of here

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    Put your questions to the team behind Tim's mission with online, live chat.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Computing, D&T, Mathematics, Science

  • International Space Station

    Engaging resources themed around the ISS.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Computing, D&T, Mathematics, Science

  • Into film: into space

    Make a short film around the theme of space and exploration, selected films will be screened in space where they will be viewed by Tim on-board the ISS.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16 

  • Mission X

    Find out how to train like an astronaut.

    Primary, secondary, PE, science, biology

  • one giant read


    Join One Giant Read and explore a showcase of the best science fiction writing and poetry and learn of the incredible science facts it has inspired.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16 Literacy

  • Space to Earth

    Challenge students to run, swim, cycle, climb, dance or exercise the 400 km distance from the Earth to the ISS orbit.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, D&T, Mathematics, Careers

  • Space Education Quality Mark

    Gain recognition for your school for using the context of space in STEM subjects.

    Primary, Secondary, Post-16, Computing, D&T, Mathematics, Science

  • Timpix

    Monitoring radiation levels on the ISS.

    Secondary, Post-16, Physics

  • The Astro Science Challenge

    Join this interactive, space science adventure with science-based challenges for students.

    Primary, Science, Mathematics

  • The Great British Space Dinner

    Design a dinner for Tim to eat in space.

    Primary, Secondary, Biology, Food Technology, Science

  • THE USBORNE MINI ASTRONAUT’S HANDBOOK

    A free, downloadable guide to becoming an astronaut, full of funny and fascinating insights, plus a personal message from Tim Peake.

  • THREE MINUTE LEARNING

    Learn the science of space through the science of reading.

    PRIMARY, SECONDARY, LITERACY

  • Zero Robotics

    A programming competition where the robots are SPHERES inside the ISS.

    Secondary, Post-16, Physics, Computing