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.

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.


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).

Tim Peake

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.

On the 18th April 2012, the National Space Academy delivered a presentation at the National Centre for Earth Observation Early career Scientist conference. The session focussed on how EO can be used in GCSE and A Level teaching.  And encouraging young scientists to engage and share their knowledge and enthusiasm with STEM students.

The National Space Academy held its second all-hands training symposium on the 17th April 2012 at the International Space Innovation Centre Harwell Campus. The session allowed the team to work with scientists from RAL Space, Astrium GeoInformation, the National Centre for Earth Observation, Surrey Satellites and the National Space Academy's own Project Scientists.  Using the information and concepts shared by these space specialists, The National Space Academy's Lead Educators shared ideas and began development of a series of new activities for use with students and in teacher CPD.

Lead Educators Chris Carr and Anu Ojha have been invited to present multiple sessions at this summers ESA Teacher conference at ESTEC (10th-13th July). Chris will be leading a session on  Mars, focusing on surface conditions, extremophiles and the hunt for Martian life.  Anu will be leading sessions on the SOHO solar observatory and Rosetta Comet mission including access to up to date scientific data and analysis software that can be brought straight into the classroom.

From the 15th to the 17th March 2012, National Space Academy Director Anu Ojha and Project Scientist Dr Rebecca Wilson led teacher masterclasses, public lectures and individual sessions with groups of students on behalf of the UK Space Agency.  Rebecca made a record 10 comet nuclei in one day to rapturous applause from the many students in attendance.

From the 13th -15th February National Space Academy Director Anu Ojha led teacher masterclasses for ESA's GTTP (Galileo Teacher training Programme) sessions held at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC), Madrid. Twenty-two teachers were selected from across Europe to participate in this inspiring curriculum focused programme.

The National Space Academy has been asked to deliver student masterclasses and teacher CPD sessions on behalf of the UK space Agency at this years Big Bang Fair in Birmingham.  For more information on Big Bang 201 click here.