Lead Educators

Mike Grocott

Mike Grocott Web

Mike studied Physics, Chemistry and Maths at A level. He has a BSc (Hons) in Secondary Science Physics and a HNC Engineering. Mike is now Head of Student Development Institute for Research in Schools.

Awards
Sir Arthur Clarke Foundation award 2018: Part of the ESERO UK Space Ambassador Team for the Tim Peake Primary Project.
Sir Arthur Clarke Foundation Education and Outreach Award (Individual, 2016) for his commitment to space education.
Gatsby Teacher Fellow
Advanced Skills Teacher (AST) status by DfE in 2005

At work...
Mike established a full-time astronomy support centre (the Callington Space Centre) at his school in Cornwall in 2001 and has led international teacher training work in astronomy for the British Council and with NASA's Johnson and Kennedy Space Centres. In 2013 Mike was appointed to develop and open the country's first Studio School which used Project Based Learning in the context of space. Having opened and led the school, Mike now runs Space Education Adventures.

Through Mike's tireless efforts and enthusiasm, hundreds of his students have benefitted from life-changing placements at both centres in the United States.

On this side of the Atlantic, Mike is an ESA/DfE "Space Ambassador" for ESERO-UK (the UK's Space Education Office) as well as a Lead Educator with us.

Before teaching...
Mike completed a full engineering apprenticeship in the Royal Navy; he had a 12 year career with them travelling all over the world. Mike has used his lifelong love of all matters astronomical and astronautical as successful contexts to enthuse and educate students in school. He now runs Space Education Adventures which annually runs a trip for 6th Form students to America to visit Houston and Florida Space Centres, working with United Launch Alliance as well as Lockheed Martin, Boeing and NASA.

Mike is very interested in careers development for students and helping raise their aspirations.

Break time...
Mike has worked for Lego education and the British Council, running the First Lego League finals in Azerbaijan for three years.

We asked Mike...

Given the chance, would you go to space?
Yes

What's the best thing about science?
It explains the world around us and will help develop the direction of our societies future

What's the best thing about working at the National Space Academy?
Working in schools. The most exciting thing about the National Space Academy is that we finally have a recognition of the potential that Space offers education and the opportunities for our students to be fully involved in shaping the future direction of technologies impact on our lives.