Space contexts for education.
Skills development for the space sector.

UK National Space Academy – International Programmes

The outstanding teaching of the National Space Academy’s team of experienced Lead Educators is now in demand internationally.

The Academy has always had some impact overseas, supporting European Space Agency (ESA) summer teacher workshops in various European countries and the European Space Camp in Andoya, Norway. Thanks to support from UK government the Academy has delivered successful pilot programmes in China and the United Arab Emirates. Now schools, teachers and other organisations from around the world are engaging the UK National Space Academy to enhance their teaching and learning offers.

UK-China Centre for Space Education and Space Culture

studentsAt the start of September 2017, the National Space Academy entered into a partnership with a consortium of Chinese laboratories to create a joint “virtual” centre for space education and space culture, with the support of the UK Space Agency and China National Space Administration. The new centre will create more opportunities for Chinese and British students and teachers to engage with STEM subjects using space as a context, as well as sharing best practise for space science centres and public engagement. To find out how your organisation can engage with the UK National Space Academy as part of the virtual centre, in China or the UK, please contact us.

 

Past programmes

Sharjah-JulySharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Science Summer School, July 2017
This July programme was part of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences’ Annual Space Summer Camp for students. Their programme was extended to inviting more students to attend, including higher level. The UK National Space Academy was invited to deliver part of the Summer Camp concentrating on older students using intensive space educational activities to engage them in science and maths topics, whilst promoting upcoming space missions within the UAE.


 

 

Sharjah-AprilSharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Science Student and Teacher programme, April 2017
Working with the University of Sharjah and Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Science (SCASS) the UK National Space Academy ran their first programme in Sharjah for a range of teachers and students from across the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three-day programme saw students and teachers getting hands on in space science activities, with the students even presenting their experiences and learning to invited VIP guests on the last day.

“We want to raise the importance of the Space Sector to the UAE citizens and keeping the younger generations excited and interested in space activities is fundamental for us, as they will grow on to be the future leaders of the sector”
H.E Dr Khalifa Mohammed Thani Al Rumaithi, Chairman of the UAE Space Agency.

 

GSCGlobal Space Congress, Abu Dhabi, January 2017
The National Space Academy was invited to deliver six one-hour masterclass sessions to over 50 High school students and 35 University students to showcase the programmes that would be supported by UK government funding in the Gulf states. The themes for these sessions were in line with the UAE’s current space sector; from Earth observation and satellite applications to the challenges of human spaceflight and Mars, with specific reference to the UAE’s HOPE mission. The students were recruited through the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC).

 

UK National Space Academy student and teacher programmes, Beijing and Shanghai 2016

Beijing-NovOctober/November 2016
After a successful pilot programme in March 2016, the UK National Space Academy was again invited to run an official programme of student and teacher training programmes across Beijing and Shanghai. In Beijing the Academy delivered a one-week teacher training programme delivered to 30 teachers from across China to the British School of Beijing, Shunyi, just to be a part of this special programme. The Shanghai programme saw 110 students and 25 teachers partake in UK National Space Academy programmes, run in parallel to one another at the Nord Anglia International School Pudong with invited teachers from the High School Affiliated to University Nottingham Ningbo, STEM Centre Shanghai and Chengbei Educational Group, and students, aged 11 – 17, from the Shanghai Shangde Experimental School.

Beijing-MarchMarch 2016
The UK National Space Academy was invited to deliver its first full pilot programme in China: a series of both student and teacher masterclasses in Beijing and Shanghai. Hosted by Nord Anglia International Schools (Shunyi, Beijing and Pudong, Shanghai) the team delivered various activities and demonstrations over one week to students and teachers invited by the Beijing University of Post and Telecommunications (BUPT), to showcase how using space as a context for teaching STEM subjects can be beneficial in building the right skills set for the continued development of China’s space programme.

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.