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Celebrating ten years of science education and inspiration using the context of space

National Space Academy - we are 10!

Since launching in 2008 we've engaged with more than 50,000 students, nearly 6000 teachers and hundreds of industry professionals. We started in Leicester and now deliver all over the UK thanks to our amazing team of Lead Educators and Project Scientists. Not only that, but we've developed our relationships internationally too. We've worked closely with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency. Education experiments we designed together were conducted on board the International Space Station, and we're working to support space education development in China, the UAE and Malaysia. This is just the beginning!

We wanted to thank everyone who has been involved in our journey so far, and share our exciting plans for the future with new friends.

 

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Space Science Summer School with University of Leicester

Outside ESA at Harwell Campus

This August we hosted a Space Science Summer School with the University of Leicester for students from Beihang University.

During the two week summer school students took part in Masterclasses at the National Space Centre, heard from experts at the Unviersity of Leicester and visited the leading science, innovation, technology and business campus; Harwell Campus.

 

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"Science has no borders" - Space Summer School in Beijing

Beijing Space Summer School July - Watching rockets

Some of the team flew out to Beijing on 21st July to deliver space science education to 70 students aged 12 - 17 and their teachers from all over China.

 

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General Manager, Dr. Kierann Shah, wins Services to Science and Technology Award 2018

Winner Logo - English Womens Awards 2018-01

Dr. Kierann Shah has won the award for Services to Science and Technology at the English Women's Awards 2018.

The English Women Awards 2018 were developed by Creative Oceanic to showcase the contribution of women to many industries and professions such as Law, Medicine, Technology, Arts and many more. Kierann's work, and the work of the National Space Academy team, contributes to science education across the globe.

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Year 10 talk to The Head of Space Engineering and Technology at RAL Space

Dr Sarah BeardsleyDr Sarah Beardsley is Head of Space Engineering and Technology at RAL Space.

RAL Space (the space research group at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory) is home to world class space research and technology development with involvement in over 210 space missions! Sarah leads a team of 50 scientists, engineers and managers who design, build and test instruments that go into or look out at space.

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PPG announce continuation of bursary programme

PPG masterclassDuring British Science and Engineering week in March PPG announced that it will continue its partnership with the National Space Academy to inspire young people to pursue STEM and space-sector careers by offering full funding for chemistry masterclasses throughout 2018.

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European Space Agency appointment for National Space Academy Director

Anu OjhaThe National Space Academy's Director, Professor Anu Ojha OBE, has been appointed to the senior advisory committee on Human Spaceflight and Exploration at the European Space Agency (ESA).

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Special thanks from Tim Peake for Astro Academy: Principia

Kierann meets TimOn the 28th of September the UK Space Agency invited representatives from all the education partners who had worked on projects for Tim Peake's Principia mission last year to attend a meeting in London. The meeting was set up to debrief the participants now that many of the projects are complete, but it was also a chance for Tim himself to thank the education partners for their work in making his mission one of the most successful astronaut missions for educational impact.

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British Council Russia uses Astro Academy: Principia for Science Week

Science Week in Schools bannerThe British Council and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation have created a new pack for teachers ahead of Russia's Science Week in Schools (23 - 27 October). This week is a designed to be a nationwide celebration of science and technology, and is part of the wider UK-Russia Year of Science and Education 2017.

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In Memoriam: Dr Helen Walker

Dr Helen WalkerThe National Space Academy team took a blow recently on hearing the news that Dr Helen Walker, a Project Scientist for the Academy and great friend, died peacefully at the end of September after a short illness.

Her funeral was held this week, and she will be greatly missed by her colleagues and friends.

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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.