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Higher Apprenticeship for Space Engineering promoted by Science Minister

hase1The National Space Academy's colleagues at Loughborough College have produced a number of promotional videos for the new Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering.  As well as focussing on current students on the post-16 Space Engineering course, the College have also produced a video in which the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, discusses the launch of the Higher Apprenticeship and its goals.

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We Are Aliens Teacher Resources Available Online

slide img aliensOnGrass 01We Are Aliens, the latest planetarium show produced by the National Space Centre's in house designers and animators at NSC Creative, was launched towards the end of 2012.  Alongside the development of the show, NSC Creative worked with National Space Academy Lead Educators to develop classroom resources, including video clips of experiments, based around the science of We Are Aliens.  These resources for physics, chemistry and biology are all available online.

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Minister Helps Launch Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering

13EC1529MinisterRALSpacevisitLast Friday saw the official launch of the Higher Apprenticeship in Space Engineering, a framework developed by the National Space Academy in collaboration with Loughborough College and Leicester University.  Science Minister David Willetts joined the first cohort of the Space Engineering post-16 course at RAL Space to talk to existing STFC apprentices and young people interested in joining the UK Space Sector through the apprenticeship pathway.

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ESA video shows Project Director's session at Summer Teacher Conference

esa videoThe European Space Agency (ESA)'s dedicated Education channel on Youtube has released a film highlighting one of the National Space Academy teacher masterclass held at ESA's space engineering technical centre (ESTEC – Holland) as part of ESA's 2012 Summer Teacher Conference.

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End of an Era at Academy HQ

cometThe National Space Academy is very sorry to say goodbye to Dr Sarah Hill as National Project Manager after nearly 5 years of dedicated employment. Sarah is leaving her Academy role to become a Regional Director with STEMNET, continuing her excellent career in STEM support.  The role of National Manager will now be taken on by Dr Kierann Shah, formerly Regional Project Manager for the National Space Academy.

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Lead Educator's View: Astronomy in Portugal

Caroline Portugal 1Last year Caroline Molyneux, one of the National Space Academy Lead Educators, gained a place on an exciting European course.  The following is her account of working with teachers from across Europe for one week last October.

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Cooking up a comet for Leeds masterclass

Conor Davies shows the comet to pupilsConor Davies, one of the National Space Academy Lead Educators, led two days of masterclasses for students from four Leeds schools.  David Young Community Academy, Roundhay and Lawnswood Schools, and the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) all gave Year 9 pupils a chance to get involved with the National Space Academy activities.  As a finale on the second day, Mr Davies used a number of ingredients, some which might surprise you, to whip up a comet nucleus.

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Space Masterclass: a student's view

Bruce McCandless EVA Challenger 1984National Space Academy Lead Educator Robin Mobbs visited a school in Baldock recently to talk about physics and space exploration.  One of the students he taught has written the following report on the day.

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RAL Stargazing events take off

Launching rocketsIn support of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's outreach programme, the National Space Academy Regional Project Manager spent the evenings of Wednesday the 9th and Friday the 11th of January launching hundreds of paper "rockets".  Both events were incredibly well attended, with over 2000 people attending the Wednesday event at Newbury Racecourse.  There were plenty of activities for visitors of different ages, and the skies even cleared enough for budding stargazers to view Jupiter and its moons through various telescopes brought by volunteers. 

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Stargazing Live returns to BBC2

stargazingNext week sees the return of BBC2's Stargazing LIVE for its third series.  As in previous years the television shows featuring Professor Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain broadcasting from Jodrell Bank will be complemented by events across the country encouraging the public to get involved in astronomy and science.  The National Space Academy will be involved in events at Long Eaton, Newbury and Harwell as part of Stargazing LIVE with members of the Academy team bringing their expertise and enthusiasm to new audiences. 

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