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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

There is a common saying, “the calm before the storm”.

This statement rarely applies to us here on the education team, ours is more like “the storm before the storm”, which is just the way we like it. The storms in this case refer to our outreach program and our exciting half term plans!


My colleagues and I have spent the last few weeks franticly driving round the country visiting schools, delivering workshops and sharing our portable planetarium.


One of the highlights from this burst of outreach was our visit to Manchester. Rob and I, ventured northwards with the Stardome and a full complement of Mars rovers. We then spent two days working with a very excitable bunch of year sevens, giving them a chance to look at the stars and program their own extraterrestrial explorer. This went down a storm and everyone involved had a fantastic time and the other year groups were very jealous.


As our flurry of van driving comes to halt we can now prepare for the excitement of half term. This year we have our huge ‘Space Fact & Fiction’ event. Over the course of the two weeks we have nearly 20 science fiction authors visiting the space centre to share their stories and insights with us and our visitors. During their time here, they will read excerpts from their books, interview each other and answer any questions that you might have. While they are here we are hoping to get them involved in our craft session. We are asking you to create your own sci-fi gadget out of space junk. We are hoping that our authors will be able to take a short break from signing books to flex their designing skills and adding a gadget to our wall. On top of all that you can take part in our Sci-fi quiz to see just how much science fiction has influenced the world around us.


After half term, we will get a short break in which to begin the run up towards Easter. Hopefully it won’t just be chocolate eggs the Easter bunny brings us as we have some tasty treats up our sleeve ready for Gastronauts! But that is a subject for another week!