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Mars Express

Produced by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), this wall chart describes the space mission to Mars, the experiments aboard, whether there is water on Mars, Britain's Beagle2 lander and the search for life on Mars. Mars Express was the European Space Agency’s first mission to Mars. Its role is to...

Making Shadow Puppets

In this cross curricular activity, children learn about light and shadows by creating shadow puppets which tell the story of a myth or legend. Teacher’s notes provide a step by step guide to creating the shadow puppets, showing how to create moving parts; it also shows how to set up a shadow theatre to tell the...

Look to the Future: the Future Needs STEM

This careers pack, for primary schools, uses space as a context to highlight the importance of STEM subjects. The resource has been written to highlight some of the STEM career opportunities available so that students, teachers and school communities can discuss and explore, from an earlier age, the breadth of jobs...

Life in the Universe

Produced by the Royal Astronomical Society, this booklet examines the possibility of extraterrestrial life in the Universe. Many astronomers believe that there is life out there, but where is it? Is there life comparatively nearby, in our Solar System, or do we have to look to planets beyond the solar system that...

Issue 39: It's in the News! Space Junk

This activity from the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM) Primary magazine takes the issue of space junk as its central theme. There are opportunities to develop and understanding of time and time zones, probability, mass, speed and large numbers relating to distances.

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Internet, Spacesuits and Cooking

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers “Do you have e-mail and internet on board the International Space Station?”, “What are spacesuits made of?” and “How do you cook in space?”

Impacts

There is a minimum size of meteorite that will make it through the atmosphere of a planet (or the Moon) and impact on the surface. If the meteorite is any smaller than this, it will burn up on its journey through the atmosphere and be seen as a meteor or shooting star (obviously if the meteorite is bigger it will...

I Wouldn’t Send a Dog Out on a Night Like This!

In this resource, students attempt to apply their understanding of heat transfer (convection, conduction and radiation) to the novel case of the Beagle 2 Lander.

Students are set the challenge of creating the best insulation to use on a lander on Mars, exposed to temperatures of 70oC below zero....

How to Observe an Eclipse Safely

This resource, from the Royal Astronomical Society, explains how to safely view a solar eclipse. It was produced for the 20 March 2015 solar eclipse. Sections include: *What is a solar eclipse? *Solar eclipse terminology - or buzz words *What you'll see *Viewing (safely) using household items *Resource links and...

How Do You Become an Astronaut?

Supported by the UK Space Agency, this podcast from Fun Kids Radio, answers questions from children about space. Astronaut Tim Peake answers the question “How did you become an astronaut?” and Matthew Evans from Reaction Engines, talks about the space plane that they are developing, that could increase global space...

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