Inmarsat… Space Science Support (STEM)

A new National Space Academy has been launched….

….to help boost the size and quality of the U.K.’s science and engineering expertise. Supported by Inmarsat, the academy aims to create a network of outstanding teachers and space scientists. The network will use the inspirational context of space to teach science, technology, engineering, mathematics and geography to students and their teachers.

Led by the National Space Centre on behalf of the U.K. Space Agency, the Science & Technology Facilities Council and theEuropean Space Agency, the academy will be supported by a range of universities, colleges and sponsors. “The National Space Academy will use the U.K.’s world-class expertise in space science to further boost the size and quality of the UK science and engineering pool, providing the U.K. with skilled workers who can boost the growth of our economy,” said David Willetts, U.K. minister for universities and science. InmarsatVega SpaceAstrium GEO Information ServicesRolls RoyceLogica, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Ogden Trust have all committed funds to the academy.

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, chairman of the National Space Centre, said that a three-year pilot program run in association with the East Midlands Development Agency was a great success and showed that students respond positively to the subject of space as a context for learning. Sir Martin said, “We have evidence of improved attainment in exam results and teacher effectiveness, and a greater likelihood of students choosing science and engineering-related subjects at the next stage in their education.”

UK launches National Space Academy

Space is about to touch down in even more classrooms and colleges across the UK, with the launch of the National Space Academy – a network of outstanding teachers and space scientists that will use the inspirational context of space to teach STEM subjects – and geography – to our students and their teachers.

Led by the National Space Centre on behalf of the UK Space Agency, the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC), the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK), and theEuropean Space Agency, the academy will be launched in February 2012 and will be supported by a range of universities, colleges and sponsors.

The National Space Academy’s network of teachers will work with scientists from theUniversity of Leicester, the University of Nottingham and the STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Harwell, Oxfordshire. They will deliver student masterclasses, teacher CPD (continued professional development) courses, careers events and a bespoke space engineering course at Loughborough College. The first group of 12 teachers will be spread across England.

InmarsatVEGA SpaceAstrium GEO Information ServicesRolls RoyceLogica, the Garfield Weston Foundation and the Ogden Trust have all committed funds to the National Space Academy.

The National Space Academy will work with existing initiatives such as ESERO-UK, thenetwork of Science Learning CentresSTFC’s Leading Space Education Project, the Institute of Physics, and the network of Science and Discovery Centres to improve the attainment of students in secondary schools and colleges.

Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts said:

Space captures the imagination of people of all ages, and the National Space Academy will use the UK’s world-class expertise in space research and technology to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers

“Space captures the imagination of people of all ages, and the National Space Academy will use the UK’s world-class expertise in space research and technology to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. This will also equip them with the skills and knowledge needed to boost both our leading research base and our economy.”

Professor Sir Martin Sweeting G3YJO, Chairman of the National Space Centre’s Board of Trustees, says:

“The National Space Centre is indebted to its partners and sponsors for their drive and enthusiasm in getting the National Space Academy up and running. The three year pilot programme that was run in association with the East Midlands Development Agency was a great success and showed that students respond very positively to the subject of space as a context for their learning. We have evidence of improved attainment in exam results and teacher effectiveness, and a greater likelihood of students choosing science and engineering-related subject at the next stage in their education”.
Credit: UK Space Agency