Careers Advice

Space in Your School

Get involved in real space projects, and get space students and professionals into your classroom.


Space inspires like nothing else, and links to everything from physics to art. Get involved in one of these projects and you could be handling real data from experiments in space right now.

For students:

Mission X: Train like an Astronaut: An international challenge, focusing on fitness, nutrition and teamwork, that encourages students to train like an astronaut. 

Moon Camp Challenge: Use innovative learning technologies to 3D design your own Moon base. 

Astro Pi Challenge: Carry out science experiments in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers on the International Space Station. 

Climate Detectives: Learn about Earth’s environment, and investigate a local climate problem and share your results.

The Great British Space Dinner: Can you design a menu suitable for an astronaut?

Destination Space: Meet the Space Crew: Meet the people behind space missions and take a quiz to see where you might fit it.

ESA Paxi: Come and learn about space with me! (Ages 4+).

For teachers:

The National Science Centre: Offers outreach programmes for schools which can take the form of a workshop or bringing an inflatable planetarium into your school.

ESERO-UK Teaching Resources: Free lesson plans and activities designed to introduce primary and secondary school students to space exploration and astronomy.

ESERO-UK Space Careers Videos: A collection of videos with people working in various roles in the UK space sector, most include versions for both primary and secondary/college students. Some also include a challenge for the students. 

National Schools’ Observatory: Provides school pupils with the opportunity to request observations using the Liverpool Telescope, the world’s largest fully robotic telescope. A collection of astronomy-based educational resources, including lesson plans and activities, are also available. 

Skype a Scientist: With over 2000 scientists ready to chat with your students, Skype a Scientist offers a fantastic way to bring cutting-edge science into your classroom. Scientists offer a 30-60 minute Q&A session about their work and life as a scientist.

Space to Earth Challenge: Run, swim, cycle, climb, dance or exercise the 400 km distance from the Earth to the ISS orbit.

Team Tim: An entertaining and interactive science show delivered by a team of trained presenters.

Destination Space: Classroom Resources: Images, videos, and articles about Tim Peake's mission.

Royal Astronomical Society Teaching Resources: Astronomy based lesson plans, worksheets, and booklets.

European Space Agency Resources: Teaching guidelines, student activities, and experiment kits for primary and secondary schools.

Institute of Physics Resources: Physics-based activities.

NASA Resources: A large variety of space-related teaching resources.

Outreach Teams & Events

There are lots of outreach teams who like nothing better than to talk about space all day. Get in touch with one and get them into your school.

UKSEDS

UKSEDS is the national student space society. Its members are university students from many different courses across the country, all with a passion for space. They regularly do outreach in schools and at science fairs, with hands-on activities and demonstrations.

If you'd like to get some volunteers into your school, then get in touch at [email protected]. UKSEDS outreach is funded by the UK Space Agency and the National Stem Centre, so there is no cost to schools.

Activities and talks can be tailored to any age group.

ESERO-UK

ESERO-UK, also known as the UK space education office, provides free resources, support and information for teachers to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) using space as a context.

For their work visiting hundreds of schools around the country, the ESERO-UK Space Ambassadors have been awarded the prestigious 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Award for Space Achievement – Education and Outreach Team.

STEM Learning

STEM Learning is the UK's largest provider of education and careers support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Their STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range STEM-related jobs and disciplines across the UK, who offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers. 

Follow this link to invite a STEM Ambassador from the space sector into your school.

SpaceFund

SpaceFund is a professional team of educators who aim to inspire and excite children with space. They offer a number of different interactive performances that take primary school students on an imaginary journey through our solar system that ties into the National Curriculum.

Prices start at £300 for a session for 150 students.

Science Centre Events

Science Centres across the country run events like planetarium shows and hands-on sessions. Find your local one and what they're doing here.

Accredited Qualifications

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, TLM

This qualification will put students on their first steps towards a career in the space industry. This Level 1 and Level 2 qualification covers rocket engineering and micro-satellites, and is supported with lesson plans.

Author

Joseph Dudley

Joseph studied Aeronautical Engineering at Imperial College London, and created SpaceCareers.uk.

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