anu smilingThe National Space Academy is pleased to announce that Anu Ojha, Director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Centre and Director of the National Space Academy has been awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to science education.

Chris HadfieldAt the end of last term students from the National Space Academy and Loughborough College's pioneering Space Engineering course were invited to attend a Q & A session with former NASA astronaut Colonel Chris Hadfield.

jocelyn bell burnellA new year, a new term, and plenty of new things on the horizon for the National Space Academy.  Upcoming events include a free Year 12 careers event with a keynote from Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, teacher training sessions in physics and chemistry, and a number of free Lead Educator showcases across England.

Girls in Physics 030 compressedThe second of the two winning reports on the Girls in Physics day at the Priory Academy LSST was written by Hannah Armson, a year 11 student from Walton Girls' High School, shown here with her team testing their heat shield.  Her report was very clear and features labelled images to take the reader through the day.

Girls in Physics 022 compressedEarlier this term the National Space Academy supported a Girls in Physics event.  Students who took part in the event were asked to write a report on the day.  The following is the first of two winning reports written for this website by the girls, and was written by Saima Siddiqui from year 11 of the Priory Academy LSST.

ESA K.Boikou 3The start of September saw Edinburgh host the Living Planet Symposium, a gathering of experts on Earth observation science.  As part of creating an impact from the symposium on awareness of the science involved, several key partners put together activities for a "Schools Lab" running concurrently with the symposium.  National Space Academy Director Anu Ojha was there demonstrating how Earth observation science can be used to tackle classroom topics.

Girls in Physics 018 compressedThe National Space Academy's Kierann Shah and Sophie Allan attended an event organised by Lead Educator Ruth Rowsell designed to get year 11 girls thinking about studying physics at A Level and beyond.  The event was supported by The Ogden Trust and The Institute of Physics and invited five schools to bring a team of four capable female science pupils to design and test a thermal protection system, or 'heat shield', for a vehicle re-entering Earth's atmosphere.

teachers building cloud chambers node full imageThis August saw the 4th annual ESA Summer Workshop for Teacher's take place at ESTEC in the Netherlands, and once again the National Space Academy was there to challenge teachers to bring inspirational space science contexts into their classrooms. 

BoulbyHor1Boulby Underground Laboratory, an STFC facility, is featured today in a BBC article on how the research conducted there could provide insight into whether life could survive in the extreme environments "beyond the Earth".  Earlier this year Lead Educator Ian Tippey joined a group of teachers for a visit to the mine where this and other research takes place.  Here is Ian's account of his visit to Boulby Mine.

whoosh bottle megaclassThe summer term was a whirlwind of activity for the core team of the National Space Academy, with both Anu Ojha and Sophie Allan involved in teaching and presenting in the UK and Europe.  Lead Educators continued to deliver inspiring masterclasses in their regions as well as at the National Space Centre.  In addition to this the Academy presented and exhibited at the British Science Association's Science Communication Conference in London and the UK Space Conference in Glasgow, building stronger links with educators and industry.