SouthernCPD 1The National Space Academy is pleased to be able to share the success of its Astro Academy Principia Twilight teacher training sessions, held at the Royal Astronomical Society in London and the Winchester Science Centre.

Mike Grocott and Helen SharmanThe National Space Academy is built upon the foundation of excellent teachers, who inspire and engage in the classroom. It is with great pleasure that we can announce that two of our lead educators have received national recognition of their excellence and commitment to space education.

National Space Park£12.87 million in funding towards the building of a new National Space Park, led by the University of Leicester, was announced on the 9th of March, as part of the Government's Midlands Engine Strategy.

PPG Launch SessionThis February saw the launch of a new National Space Academy programme supported by PPG, a global paint, coatings and materials company with a strong UK presence. The launch event saw a taster session delivered to schools at one of PPG's UK manufacturing plants in Birstall, where they conducted experiments and learnt about the key role colour plays in space exploration. Experiments included 'How to survive re-entry', where pupils created their own thermal protection units to understand how space crafts are designed to withstand high temperatures at extreme speeds.

Tim Peake Schools ConferenceThe National Space Academy was extremely pleased to attend the UK Space Agency’s Principia Schools Conferences in Portsmouth and York to present their own Principia project, Astro Academy: Principia.

CBI-ConferenceNational Space Academy Director Anu Ojha took part in a panel session on space sector opportunities for business and innovation on Monday as part of the CBI Conference’s packed programme featuring Prime Minister Theresa May and leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn.

Language ConferenceThe National Space Academy has been working for a couple of years with an organisation called the Business Language Champions on a project called the International Space Challenge. The Business Language Champions aim to promote modern foreign languages and cultural cohesion by demonstrating to young people the importance of language skills in the workplace.

World Space WeekIn celebration of World Space Week, the National Space Academy along with the Abingdon Science Partnership ran a masterclass for students from three local schools, all with a keen interest in Astronomy.

Anu Ojha with Professor YuOn the 24th of September the UK was celebrated as the Country of Honour at China's Pujiang Innovation forum, an event led by China's Minister for Science and Technology, Wan Gang, and the UK's Minister for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, Jo Johnson.

 

Space Engineering StudentsAs a new term starts at the Loughborough College Space Engineering course, the College and the National Space Academy say goodbye to the third cohort of students, who are starting their new courses this month.

This group have gone on to a varied mix of courses, with engineering disciplines (Materials Engineering, Aerospace Engineering) and aerospace related degrees strongly represented.