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UK Space Agency offers space education sessions for 14-16 year olds

The UK Space Agency, one of the National Space Academy's key funders and supporters, has teamed up with the Nottingham Geospatial Institute, including National Space Academy Project Scientist Dr Simon Roberts, to run hands-on educational sessions based at the European Space Expo in London this December.

Read more: UK Space Agency offers space education sessions for 14-16 year olds

National Space Academy teachers present at National Conference focused on outstanding teaching

Project Director Anu Ojha (AST Physics, 2003) and Lead Educator Judith Green (AST Chemistry, 2002) have been invited to present sessions at the 2013 National AST (Advanced Skills Teacher) Conference in Birmingham in January 2013. AST status is awarded for outstanding performance in the classroom and is the most rigorous assessment of teaching performance in the UK.

For more information visit the event page here.

Academy Director discusses Red Bull Stratos Jump

National Space Academy Director Anu Ojha is also an experienced skydiver with over 1200 jumps completed. His analyses of the scientific challenges and applications of the Red Bull Stratos mission have been used by media across the world, especially after Felix Baumgartner successfully made his jump from the edge of space yesterday.

Read more: Academy Director discusses Red Bull Stratos Jump

Explore Your Universe ready for launch

National Space Academy Education Officer Sophie Allan has been working with staff from Jodrell Bank on an Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) project funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) aimed at sharing STFC funded science with the wider community.  "Explore Your Universe" is a project providing ten science centres with a variety of exciting apparatus, not usually available to schools, with pre-planned workshops and shows aimed at audiences including families and school groups.  The ten centres which successfully submitted bids to be a part of the project were announced on Thursday 27th of September at the ASDC Conference held at the National Space Centre.

Read more: Explore Your Universe ready for launch

Celebrating Space at ESERO-UK Conference

Last week saw the first ESERO-UK conference for organisations in the UK promoting space as an inspirational context for education, hosted at the National Science Learning Centre, York.  Naturally representatives from the National Space Academy were in attendance, including some of the Academy's Lead Educators.

Read more: Celebrating Space at ESERO-UK Conference

New Space Engineering course launches at National Space Academy and Loughborough College

Twelve students have commenced their programme of studies as part of the UK's first full-time post-16 Space Engineering course, combining A levels with hands-on engineering experience. This innovative course has been developed and delivered jointly by the National Space Academy programme and Loughborough College and can lead to degrees in physics, mathematics and engineering, or alternatively to direct employment in the space and engineering sectors.

Read more: New Space Engineering course launches at National Space Academy and Loughborough College

New National programme - Higher Apprenticeships in Space Engineering

Loughborough College and the National Space Academy programme have been successful in their joint bid to develop a National Engineering Framework for the space sector. From September 2013 Higher Apprenticeship courses in Space Engineering will be delivered at those locations in England where space sector demand is greatest and through operational partnerships between education providers and the companies employing the trainees.

Read more: New National programme - Higher Apprenticeships in Space Engineering

ESA Summer Teacher Conference – Holland

More than 40 teachers from all over Europe who had been selected to attend ESA's annual Summer Teacher conference gathered at ESTEC in Holland to participate in an intensive programme of lectures, hands-on sessions, and keynotes from ESA astronauts and engineers.

Read more: ESA Summer Teacher Conference – Holland

Academy success continues after national launch

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After three years of exceptional work in supporting STEM subjects in the East Midlands the Space Academy has expanded as a national scheme with the support of the National Space Centre, the Science and Technology Facilities Council, the UK Space Agency, and the European Space Agency (ESA).

Read more: Academy success continues after national launch

UK Astronaut speaks to Careers Advisors and Teachers at Farnborough Air Show

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The Farnborough International Air Show is a huge and thrilling annual event, with aerospace exhibitors from around the world demonstrating their wares and charming potential customers.  This year the UK Space Agency asked the National Space Academy to get involved, by running a day for careers guidance professionals in the Space Zone.

Read more: UK Astronaut speaks to Careers Advisors and Teachers at Farnborough Air Show

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