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Astrobiology for Secondary Science, June 14th 2017,  10am - 4pm
Astrobiology for Primary Science, June 15th 2017, 10am – 12.30pm

The University of Edinburgh has been running its annual Astrobiology Academy for teachers every summer since 2013. This year for the first time they are bringing one day versions of their primary and secondary course to England, at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

"Informative, educational and eye opening. A great concept and perfect interdisciplinary learning project."
Teacher attendee, Astrobiology Academy

What is Astrobiology?

Astrobiology is the study of life on Earth and the conditions for life on other planets, as a research discipline it asks questions such as:

  • How did life originate?
  • How did the Earth become a habitable planet?
  • Is there life elsewhere?
  • What is the future of life on Earth?
  • How do we explore and settle other planets?

They are some of the most fascinating questions in science, each involving topics from biology, physics and chemistry that can be used to teach concepts from these subjects in schools.


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One day courses at the National Space Centre

The one day courses in Astrobiology at the National Space Centre will show you how these exciting questions can be used to teach curriculum science using practical hands on activities. Attendees will each receive a set of classroom-ready lesson plans schools and the University of Edinburgh’s own Astrobiology in a Box resource, developed by university researchers in collaboration with teachers for the classroom teaching of physics and biology using astrobiology themes.

Each course will also feature a talk by leading Astrobiology expert Professor Charles Cockell on the search for life elsewhere in the universe – do exoplanets hold the answer?



Astrobiology for Secondary Science, June 14th 2017,  10am - 4pm Fee: £50 per teacher
Astrobiology for Primary Science, June 15th 2017, 10am – 12.30pm Fee: £20 per teacher

If you would like to book onto one of these CPD courses, please fill in our online booking form or if you would like further details please feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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