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Landing sites

Planetary scientists, Dr. Matthew Balme and Dr. Elliot Sefton-Nash, talk about how challenging it is to find a scientifically compelling site to land in, once the engineering considerations in terms of the landing has been taken into account.

This video is part of a series of ten which look at the one of the...

Why we explore

Planetary scientist, Professor Andrew Coates, explains why scientists look for the evidence of signs of past life on Mars.  He talks about the history of Mars and the current harsh environment on the planet. This video is part of a series of ten which look at the one of the elements of the European Space Agency’s...

Astrobiology

Dr Claire Cousins and Mark Fox-Powell explain how scientists look at life that exists in extreme environments on Earth, to see what kind of life scientists might see on the surface of Mars.  This knowledge helps scientists plan the best target for a rover.

Professor Cockell takes us through the astrobiology...

Atacama Desert

Astrobiologist Dr. Lewis Dartnell talks from the Atacama Desert about a research trip to find extremophiles that might give scientists some clues as to the kind of life that may exist on the surface of Mars.  Lewis shows how quartz can act as a natural sunscreen to enable cyanobacteria to grow in the dry desert...

ASPIRES 2 Project Spotlight: year 11 students' views of careers education and work experience

This report highlights students’ (aged 15-16) opinions regarding their experiences of careers education and work experience. The findings highlight low levels of careers education and work experience taking place: fewer than half of all students surveyed took part in work experience and  fewer than two-thirds...

STEM Learning magazine: secondary - summer 2016

Mathematics Subject Specialist, Michael Anderson, discusses the questions the Principia mission poses, as well as the range of support materials available to teachers as Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station.

Gill Collinson, Head of Centre, National STEM Learning Centre and Network...

I’m an engineer, get me out of here!

I’m an engineer, get me out of here! is a free online event where students can meet and interact with real engineers in the form of an X Factor-style competition.  This resource explains how to register and includes three lesson plans to support the activity.

Students challenge the engineers over fast-paced...

Jaws of a shark

This Catalyst article looks at the career and interests of Dr Gareth Fraser, who has been interested in marine biology since he was a child. Dr Fraser describes how his interest is leading to surprising possibilities in the field of human dentistry.

This article is from Catalyst: Secondary...

Catalyst Volume 26 Issue 3: full magazine

This issue of Catalyst contains the following articles:

Can we save our horse chestnut trees?

This article investigates the reasons behind extensive early browning of the horse chestnut trees.

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Born to Engineer - Lewis Wilde

One chance conversation led Lewis to a seriously exciting apprenticeship in engineering. Studying for A-levels isn’t everyone’s cup of tea and for Lewis Wilde, taking on an apprenticeship instead was “definitely the best decision” he ever made.

Thanks to a chance meeting with the owner of Island RIBs, an...

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