Tom Lyons - STEM Enrichment Lead's public profile

UsernameTom Lyons - STEM Enrichment Lead
OrganisationNational STEM Centre
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Tom is the ESERO-UK Teacher Fellow, based at the National STEM Learning Centre, York. He works with teachers to use space as a context in STEM subjects from primary up to post-16. Tom has a degree in Physics and a Masters in Space Science. He has been a satellite engineer, with Airbus Defence and Space, and a physics teacher, at The Sixth Form College Farnborough. Tom lives in York with his wife and two daughters.


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Using gravity to measure time (and other measurements at home)

How can you use gravity to measure time?  We are so used to our digital watches, clocks and mobile phones that it is easy to forget that it was not so long ago that most clocks relied on a pendulum to measure time, and the swing of the pendulum depends on gravity.At the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) we have set some measurement...


Does antimatter matter?

Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to join a group of teachers on one of STEM Learning’s visits to CERN, Geneva. Along with inspiring lectures, a visit to the Large Hadron Collider, and some excellent rösti and fondue, we also went to an antimatter factory. Apart from being housed in a large warehouse, on what looks like an...


The US Election, Brexit and communicating across international borders

With news of Donald Trump winning the US election, and Brexit and Article 50 discussions onging, we should not forget that these political events will actually be raising awareness of the United Kingdom’s place within Europe and in the World.  In schools we can seize on these opportunities to discuss the impact of these changes in a variety...


Tim Peake update - water ping pong and frozen poo

 Did you miss the Cosmic Classroom event? It's worth catching up on - Tim can be seen spinning around and playing water ping pong with hydrophobic bats! Tim has also been hard at work on the station; he assisted in the Russian space walk to retrieve the EXPOSE-2 equipment from the outside of the station.  This experiment has exposed...


Tim Peake blasts off to the International Space Station

Tim Peake’s name has become as commonplace in my house as one of our friends or family. In fact, my kids probably think that he is one of my friends. I have to keep reminding myself that, at least until now, most people in the UK still do not know who Tim is. Just in case you are still in the dark, let me fill you in.Tim is launching to the ISS at...


Using space in the primary curriculum

2015 is a big year for space. I’m not saying this just because the universe is expanding (so each year it is always bigger than the last). This year is big because not only do we have a solar eclipse on 20 March but also, in November, we have the first British ESA Astronaut going to the International Space Station. Tim Peake will be...