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Resources for teachers and advisors


The UK Space Agency aims to develop and implement programmes to support education (especially STEM) using space as an inspiring context for learning across all age groups. Specifically, support for non-specialist primary teachers in the use of space in teaching and improving the quality and availability of teaching materials using space across the curriculum for primary and secondary schools and colleges are two key areas of development. The links below connect to some of the Agency’s primary education partners.

Events

World Space Week 2013

The World Space Week Association are running a simulated mission to Mars that you and your students can get involved in!
On offer are interactive web based classroom sessions from a wide range of space activities such as a special analogue Mars mission taking place in Utah, USA, to the ExoMars drill being tested in the Atacama desert in Chile. The Austrian Space Forum will take care of the planning and help you to be a part of this global celebration.
For more information download the teacher information (PDF, 929 Kb) .
The deadline to register interest is 25 September.

The Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) have put together a "Space Showcase" booklet, packed full of fun space activities and related weblinks, which you can run in your classrooms during World Space Week. For more information download the Space Showcase booklet.
During World Space Week the ASDC and STFC are running a host of space-based activities across their science and discovery centres. For information click here.

ESA/GTTP Teacher Training Workshop 2013

The European Space Agency (ESA) and Galileo Teacher Training Programme (GTTP) have joined forces to offer a new training workshop for science teachers of students aged 11 - 19 years. This will take place at The Lorentz Center@Snellius, Leiden, the Netherlands from 25 - 29 November. This workshop should introduce teachers to innovative tools and methods that use space science and astronomy to engage students in the sciences.

Teachers wishing to apply should complete the online application form that can be found on the workshop website. The deadline for applications is 14 October 2013 (08.00 BST/9.00 CEST).

A maximum of 400 euro per selected participant will be available towards travel expenses and will be reimbursed after the workshop. Accommodation will be organised by the Lorentz Center and there is no fee for the workshop.

Resources

The UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK) aims to promote the use of space to enhance and support the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in schools and colleges throughout the UK. They offer information regarding events, regional Space Ambassadors and a link to an extensive eLibrary of space teaching resources including lesson plans, experiments, video clips and much more.

The National STEM Centre in York works with schools, colleges and partner organisations to support STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education. It offers extensive teacher resources including an extensive e-Library containing publications, case studies, study plans, activity sheets, experiments and videos and much more.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Network (STEMNET) can help teachers inspire students in STEM subjects by helping to identify and access Enhancement & Enrichment activities which can benefit the school curriculum; providing STEM Ambassadors (a free resource of volunteers) who can inspire and educate young learners about STEM in many ways; providing links with local businesses and supporting STEM Clubs. The STEMNET website also access to teaching resources such as brochures, case studies and images.

The National Space Academy is a network of outstanding teachers and space scientists that use the inspirational context of space to teach chemistry, biology, mathematics, geography and applied science and geography to GCSE, A-level and BTEC students and their teachers. The academy offers a programme of student masterclasses, teacher CPD and careers events. The academy is led by the National Space Centre on behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), and ESERO-UK.

Astrobiology Summer Academy is an inititative by the UK Centre for Astrobiology to introduce secondary school students and teachers to the interdisciplinary science of astrobiology. The Academy is a one week residential course of lectures and workshops from professionals in the field of Astrobiology. Applicants from remote schools or smaller schools with limited resources will be preferentially invited to attend, but anyone can apply.

The 2014 Academy will run from 13 - 19 July. To register interest head to this webpage.

See the careers pages for advice about working in the space sector.

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