450,000 engaged with cutting edge UK space science
Fifteen UK Science and Discovery Centres reached more than 450,000 people with interactive space science activities as part of UK Space Agency funded project, Destination Space 2. Science Centre teams worked hard to continue delivering the project, pivoting to online and remote engagement when face-to-face interactions weren’t possible.
The second phase of Destination Space 2 was funded by the UK Space Agency and LaunchUK, the government's spaceflight programme, and built on the successes of the first phase (focussed on human spaceflight). Kicking off in 2018, phase 2 focused on UK space exploration covering the key areas of UK spaceports and launchers, Satellite Applications, the James Webb Space Telescope (due to launch in October 2021) and ExoMars. Science Centres were also encouraged to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with their audiences.
Evaluation of feedback from participants was collated and assessed by an independent evaluator and showed the project to be highly impactful and well-liked: 99% of children and 98% of adults liked space more after taking part in the activities, and over 80% wanted to find out more about space science after their involvement.
Educational workshops for schools were delivered as part of the project, with 100% of teachers rating the activities as Excellent (79%) or Good (21%). 95% of Teachers rated the knowledge of staff presenting activities as “Excellent” (5% rated them as good).
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