Space contexts for education.
Skills development for the space sector.

Lead Educators

Steffan Tudor

Steffan TudorHead of Physics and Astronomy at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, St. Asaph

Ysgol Glan Clwyd is a Welsh medium secondary comprehensive school established in 1956. All of the subjects within the school are taught through the medium of welsh and it is this aspect of the Lead Educator's provision which Steffan is able to develop. Steffan have been teaching for 18+ years and is enthusiastic about Physics and Astronomy and a committee member of the North Wales Astronomical Society.

Steffan has been teaching GCSE Astronomy after school for the over 7 years and in 2009 he set up a Space camp for his pupils. The Space Camp is a three-day year 8 cross curricular event which has involved many activities including launching rockets, building Mars Landers, Solar Observing and building models of the ISS. The Space Camp has visited the National Space Centre and Jodrell Bank, and the pupils have won Bronze and Silver CREST Awards for their hard work. In 2015 Steffan was fortunate enough to be the first teacher from Wales to attend the international three-week course in CERN for physics teachers.

Over the years his pupils have taken part in many competitions and events including appearances on national television during an observing night, an article published in the Sky at Night magazine, and winning a national competition to name a newly discovered asteroid. The asteroid was named after Isaac Roberts who pioneered astrophotography in the nineteenth century and was born less than ten miles from the school.

Ysgol Glan Clwyd is taking part in a £100,000 project in partnership with Aberystwyth University and the National Eisteddfod to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society. They are also excited about developing new materials with the Faulkes Telescope in the near future.

I believe that astronomy encapsulates the very essence of science which is the search for and understanding of the unknown. This role will give me the opportunity to share good ideas with pupils and teachers and to be up to date with the latest developments in this exciting field.

Thanks to sponsorship from PPG we are offering £300 bursaries for schools towards one of our Masterclasses for 10 - 14 year olds - find out more here.