<ul><li>Anu Ojha </li></ul><ul><li>Director, Education and Space Communications </li></ul><ul><li>National Space Centre </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
<ul><li>An overview of the Space Academy programme </li></ul><ul><li>Some reflections on public awareness of space…….and “so what??” </li></ul><ul><li>Final thoughts </li></ul>
“ There are two areas of science that most fascinate and inspire young people……..but the dinosaurs aren’t coming back!”
*A three year development programme to EMDA to establish a Space Academy for STEM Education, regionally based but national in scope *Project Lead: National Space Centre *Partners: University of Leicester, University of Nottingham, STEMNET, Science Learning Centre East Midlands *Affiliates : The EMDA STEM partnership; Aim Higher; regional SETPOINTS, National and Regional Space and Aerospace Companies, Knowledge Transfer Networks What is the Space Academy project?
Space Academy Aims * To provide existing and new education programmes that use space as the inspiration tool to motivate young people to choose science, technology and engineering for their career paths *To deliver sustained space-related STEM education programmes throughout the region, progressively covering Key Stages 2 through 5 – with a focus on 14-19 students and targeting regional colleges and hard- to-reach schools *To link with businesses and employers, with particular focus on high value space and aerospace sectors *To provide relevant workforce skills training for the high-tech business sector *To provide educational resources and training opportunities for teachers and educators that fit the national STEM agenda and the new STEM curricula
What is distinctive about this programme? <ul><li>A sustained, progressive programme of curriculum support in STEM subjects </li></ul><ul><li>Works simultaneously with learners, educators and industry </li></ul><ul><li>Couples the inspirational contexts of space and climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Programme is developed in conjunction with nationally/internationally recognised experts in space science, education and industry </li></ul><ul><li>Education content for students to be created and delivered in partnership with recognised Lead Educators / ASTs </li></ul><ul><li>Addresses both academic and vocational pathways from the outset </li></ul>
Primary Stardome:Science Story Telling (NSC/Astra Zeneca) E-mission Videoconference. Programmes. (NSC/Schools) Challenger Missions (NSC) Endeavour Science Learning Centre (LCC/Schools) E-missions (NSC/Schools) KS 2-3 KS-4/GCSE Space Academy STEM Provision KS-5/A-Level/BTEC Outreach to schools (UoL/UN) Mars Rover Projects (LColl/NSC) Road Shows Challengers e-missions Space School UK (UoL) Careers Pathways New KS5 Project Careers Pathway NSC/EMDA/STFC New KS4 Project Careers Fairs Work experience HE/FE/Industry STEM Careers Uni courses. HE/Professional Appointments Space Conference For Science Teachers Existing NSC SA programmes New SA programmes Other related programmes linking to SA
<ul><li>“ Awayday to Mars”……AS/A2 curricula areas </li></ul><ul><li>The nature of gravity </li></ul><ul><li>Newton’s Laws and momentum changes/conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Orbits and escape velocity </li></ul><ul><li>Terminal velocity and drag forces </li></ul><ul><li>Electromagnetic spectrum </li></ul><ul><li>Ideal gas behaviour and phase changes </li></ul><ul><li>Electrical power, inverse square laws and the photoelectric effect </li></ul>
"Away Day to Mars is a fantastic way for A-level physics students to develop and stretch their skills in the inspirational context of Solar System exploration.” Dr James Carpenter, planetary and space scientist with ESA’s robotic exploration programme (Aurora)
<ul><li>The full programme…from Sept 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>A Level and GCSE masterclasses in Biology, Geography, Environmental Science, Chemistry and Mathematics </li></ul><ul><li>Vocational support for KS4 and post-16 diplomas </li></ul><ul><li>Summer roadshows and national/international space school participation </li></ul><ul><li>Residential teacher conferences and other CPD opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Careers fairs and industry open days </li></ul>
Beyond the STEM agenda- space communications and the public understanding of science <ul><li>Does it really matter? – after all, those who need to know, know </li></ul><ul><li>What’s our role as a space community in this “public awareness” business? – we didn’t do media studies at University! </li></ul>
The vision….. “ to improve public and political recognition of the value of space systems as part of the critical national infrastructure”
The strategic outcome by 2012….. “ increased public recognition that space is important to our economic success”
Final thoughts………what’s your all-time favourite picture from the Space Age?