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Operation Space Station

Join our mission commander here at the National Space Centre and challenge your class to build, crew and equip their very own Space Station.


This highly interactive session will see your class work in teams to complete two different, but very related, challenges. Students will learn all about Space Stations, the history of them, and what it’s like to live aboard one, before getting assigned a mission brief to work too.

Using the information they have learnt, students will work under time constraints, and to a set budget to first build their own Space Station, which will be put to the test and scored. Followed by crewing and equipping their station to meet the mission objectives. Students will then present their decisions and again get scored, and finish by revealing the overall winner of the challenge.


Note: This session is suitable for a class with a maximum of 36 students


Running time: 75 minutes



Upper KS2-Lower KS3 (Years 5-7)


Curriculum links:

Working scientifically

Animals, including humans

Living things and their habitats

Earth and space



Communication and Language

Speaking and listening





The students will have to work as a team (approx 5 to 6 students) to problem-solve the best way to build a Space Station, based on the equipment they have. They will need to answer questions and that arise during the programme which can earn them extra credits enabling them to extend their Space Station. 

After they have constructed their Space Station points will be awarded to each team to discover the overall winning team of the challenge.

This video conference is suitable for a class of 36 or less.

Running Time: 75 Minutes

Curriculum Links

Key stage 2 - yrs (4) 5 & 6

Speaking and listening

Group discussion and interaction


Handling data 


Life processes and living things

Physical Processes

Design and technology 

Key Stage 3 - yrs 7 & 8


Practical and enquiry skills

Organisms, behaviour and health

The environment, Earth and universe

Design and Technology

Designing and making


Key processes