The Destination Space 2: Level 2 ASDC National Programme
ASDC are delighted to be working again with the UK Space Agency to create and deliver an exciting new National Space Education and Engagement Programme, Destination Space 2: Level 2. This follows on from the success of ASDC's earlier Destination Space Programme, where ASDC created resources, activities and equipment to engage children and adults with the latest space science and Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station. This national programme will also celebrate the innovation and skills within the wider UK Space Sector in terms of UK space exploration, including UK Spaceports and space launchers, the new James Webb Space Telescope, the ExoMars mission and satellite applications., and bringing together the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing and the UK's role in this.
This programme will be directed and project managed by The UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres who have considerable experience managing national strategic multi-partner science engagement programmes. This programme is delivered through the generous financial support of the UK Space Agency.
The Programme Vision and Mission
The Vision: To engage, inspire and involve families with school-age children, school groups and communities across the UK with the amazing stories and innovative science and engineering of the UK’s world-leading space sector, especially focusing on UK spaceports, satellite applications and space exploration.
The Mission: To create hands-on activities, school workshops, a family show and other resources to bring alive the new UK spaceports and launchers, innovative satellite applications, and areas of UK space exploration including the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, the James Webb Space Telescope and ExoMars, and to select and train Science Centres and Museums across the UK to deliver these to schools, families and communities nationally.
Applications to participate are now open!
We are asking 14 selected UK Science Centres to leverage their exceptional talents in engaging families with science in a fun and engaging ways, as well as their relationships with press, PR, universities and other partners to publicly celebrate space science in a way that works for them and their family and school audiences.
Each Centre will be given a host of resources, including a bespoke set of equipment, additions to the Destination Space family show, staff training at the residential training academy, training manual and support and a series of hands on activities for 'meet the expert' sessions. You will also be given a marketing pack with the branding and associated assets, and resources via the Destination Space website.
Overall the programme aims to reach 200,000 people. Delivery begins in October 2019 and runs until February 2021.
Applications are open to all 20 Science Centres and museums that participated in Destination Space Phase 1 who are also current ASDC members. The deadline for applications will be announced shortly.