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Sophie Allan

Lead Physics Teacher

Sophie Allan is the National Space Academy's Lead Physics Teacher and is based at the National Space Centre in Leicester.

She studied Physics with Astrophysics at the University of Leicester. After graduating she stayed at Leicester to complete a PGCE in Science and worked as a specialist Physics teacher in Leicester City Schools.  Sophie continues to teach A-level Physics as part of the Space Engineering course taught in partnership with Loughborough College.

In 2010 she was asked to lecture at the European Space Camp in Norway and is now invited back annually to repeat these lectures and work as team-leader for the atmospheric physics group.

As well as developing and teaching physics programmes for the National Space Academy for delivery at UK schools and overseas, she is also actively involved in the development of cross-curricular, careers, and skills focussed programmes for the Academy and external partners.

Sophie is also the Academy's lead developer of new classroom activities and teacher guides through contract work for external organisations.  She has led on the creation of content for the Association of Science and Discovery Centre (ASDC) projects Explore Your Universe (funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, STFC) and Destination Space (funded by the UK Space Agency), as well as European Space Agency schools activities and guides such as astronaut Thomas Pesquet's Proxima school experiments.

 “Working with the National Space Academy has been amazing.  The experience I have gained, teachers and students that I have encountered and taught, and the knowledge and experience of all of the Lead Educators enable me to continually develop my teaching, and share new ideas and methodologies with other teachers.”

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