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  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "The students really enjoyed and engaged with the mission"

    Geoffrey Whyne, teacher

  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "Thank you for giving the children such a unique experience."

    Ms de Bruyn, St Andrew's School, Weeley

  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "I will definitely be coming again!"

    Bronte Highfield, St. Andrew's Primary School

  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "It's rare to find engagement of this kind"

    Maria Stapenhill-Hunt, Thomas Deacon Academy

The end of the world is nigh...........

Here on the Education Team we are preparing for the end of days. Desks have been cleared being left barren; the Centre itself has been abandoned. Presumably our potential visitors are cowering in shelters. We are organising our last supper, where the team will share one last meal.
With the end of the world prophesied, checking which school groups are booked in during the New Year seems futile.



We've all had a great year on the Education Team. I have been into Space countless times on journeys to Mars and investigating comets. Helped to save thousands of residents on the island of Montserrat and I think I have built more rockets than all the Space agencies combined.
But alas, the end is approaching so I bid you all a fond farewell.

That is of course, until next year, when we can start it all back up again! The only thing that is ending in the next few weeks will be the year of 2012. I am pretty convinced that the only end we will see on Friday 21 December is the end of the week, and subsequently the beginning of the Christmas holidays.

The idea that the world would end all comes from a calendar produced over 2000 years ago, by the Mayan civilisation, which extended right up until 21 December 2012.

Many people have seen the end of this calendar as a signal of the destruction of the Earth. In actual fact, no such catastrophe is predicted; this date is just when the calendar rolls over, but the Mayan civilisation died out before they could produce a new one! This roll over is exactly the same as you buying a new calendar at the end of December every year, it's just that the Mayans wrote slightly longer ones.

We haven't bought into this doomsday prophecy and have therefore planned a full calendar of events for next year.

It's true that the Centre is very quiet at the moment, but that is purely by design. We have closed for a week to really get stuck into having a pre-Christmas tidy and to prepare things like new workshops ready for 2013; next year has us very excited.

We have several new workshops planned, some exciting events like Stargazing Live, Science Fiction Book Week and our Women in Science event. On top of that we have an additional person joining the team. With all this planned we really hope the world doesn't end.

We will be holding a little celebration for the end of the year with a small Christmas party later in the week. After that it will be home for a break to make sure we are all rested and ready to go for coming year.

So until then, we hope your 2012 was as great as ours, good luck in surviving the apocalypse. Have a very merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the New Year.