New UK space education programme to build on success of Tim Peake mission
The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and the UK Space Agency are delighted to announce that they will once again join forces to bring the latest space science to children across the UK.
Following on from the huge success of ASDC's Destination Space, which engaged over 730,000 children and adults with Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station, the UK Space Agency is supporting ASDC to create new space resources and to work with five UK science centres and museums to deliver space activities in 2018.
Destination Space is a national STEM programme created and run by ASDC and funded by the UK Space Agency. The first phase of this national programme ran from 2014 to 2017 and engaged, inspired and involved families with school-age children, school groups and teachers, and communities across the UK with the amazing stories, science and achievements of human spaceflight and Tim Peake's Principia mission. Overall 733,017 children and adults took part in this ASDC programme in the first 15 months of delivery and many more continue to do so today.
This new six month programme builds on all this training, knowledge and enthusiasm for space science and exploration currently in science centres across the UK, and ensures delivery of this content continues well into the future. Specifically, this programme will focus on celebrating the science and engineering of the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) and the new Mars rover for the ExoMars mission, and will introduce satellite applications and the plans to enable space launches from the UK. It also will develop content more widely that can be used by multiple partners and ASDC in future projects around space science
The programme will invite applications in January from the twenty Science and Discovery Centres and Museums around the UK that delivered Destination Space 1 - from Eden in Cornwall to the Scottish Science Centres, and from W5 in Belfast to the Science Museum in London. Five centres will be selected, and they will be trained in March to run this cutting-edge schools and families programme across 2018 and into the future.
This programme will be directed and managed by the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres who have considerable experience managing national strategic multi-partner science engagement programmes. The activities and events will be delivered in collaboration with science centres with expertise in engaging the public with space science, along with specialist expertise from researchers and UK Space Agency partners. This exciting new programme runs from 16 October 2017 until 31 March 2018.
The Programme Vision: To engage, inspire and involve families with school-age children, school groups and communities across the UK with the amazing stories, science, engineering achievements and innovative ideas of the UK’s world-leading space science and engineering research, highlighting the relevance to their daily lives and to society's future.
The Programme Mission: To create hands-on activities and resources to bring alive the James Webb Space Telescope, ExoMars and LaunchUK (the campaign to enable small satellite rocket launches and sub-orbital flights from UK spaceports), and to work with UK Science Centres and a host of stakeholders to deliver activities. In addition, to develop the relationships required and to develop the content to deliver a wider inspirational national hands-on science and engineering programme celebrating UK space science, engineering and space exploration, that can be delivered in the future through the successful infrastructure of the UK’s science and discovery centres and science museums.
The Success of Destination Space 1: Overall 733,017 people were engaged. Of these, 100,244 were school children age 5-14 in curriculum-linked space workshops and 75,741 people met and spoke with a space scientist or engineer. The evaluation of over 12,000 school students showed that boys and girls enjoyed the activities equally and were equally inspired and engaged by them.
The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC) is a national charity that brings together the UK’s major science engagement organisations to play a strategic role in the nation’s engagement with science. Within our membership are over 60 of the nation’s largest publicly accessible science centres, discovery centres, science museums and scientific bodies. Together our vision is for a society where people of all backgrounds and in all parts of the UK are inspired and fully involved with the sciences. Every year in the UK, 20 million people of all ages and backgrounds choose to get involved with science at one of the UK’s science and discovery centres or science museums. This equates to 385,000 people every week who come to our member centres to explore and discuss science in an involving and personal way.
The UK Space Agency is at the heart of UK efforts to explore and benefit from space. It is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. The Agency is responsible for ensuring that the UK retains and grows a strategic capability in space-based systems, technologies, science and applications. It leads the UK’s civil space programme in order to win sustainable economic growth, secure new scientific knowledge and provide benefits to all citizens.
For information on this exciting National Project, or if you would like to be involved, please contact: