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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.

Read more: Cooking up a comet for Leeds masterclass

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. 

Read more: RAL Stargazing events take off

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. 

Read more: Stargazing Live returns to BBC2

Brian Cox letter introduces Space Engineering students

Last Wednesday students from the National Space Academy's Space Engineering course attended the Parliamentary Space Committee's Christmas Reception.  The students took centre stage after a glowing introduction in which National Space Academy Steering Group Chairman Ian Taylor read out a letter of endorsement from Professor Brian Cox.

Read more: Brian Cox letter introduces Space Engineering students

National Space Academy works with Science Centres to share STFC science

The National Space Centre hosted the first of two days of training for staff from ten different science centres as part of the Explore Your Universe project.  Explore Your Universe is being run by the Association of Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) and aims to engage school and family audiences with STFC science through activities and workshops.

Read more: National Space Academy works with Science Centres to share STFC science

Ian Taylor appointed Chairman of the National Space Academy Steering Group

Ian Taylor, a former MP and Minister for Science, Technology and Space, has been appointed chairman of the National Space Academy's Steering Group.

Read more: Ian Taylor appointed Chairman of the National Space Academy Steering Group

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.

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