Building on the impressive legacies of Destination Space 1 and 2, and the strategic partnership with the UK Space Agency, Destination Space3 will leverage the expertise of ASDC, participating science centres, the existing equipment and content collaborations, to open up opportunities for people across the UK to engage with the science, explore the latest research and engineering, and discuss the role of space technologies and their uses for the future.
Destination Space3 will provide training for science communicators and community engagement professionals in our network with the latest ideas, innovation, upcoming missions and developments relating to key programme content areas of particular significance to the UK during the project period.
Destination Space 3 is open to supporting science centre engagements that inspire and involve children and families, schools and the wider public across the UK.
This new phase of Destination Space will, for the first time, specifically emphasise and foreground the important and relevant role that space plays in monitoring and tackling climate change.
Key Content AreasforDestination Space 3
This programme will focus on the following areas linked to current developments for the UK in space:
Climate Science &COP26: The UN’s International Climate Change Conference will be hosted in Glasgow between 31st October – 12th November 2021. Satellites and space technology are vital for understanding climate change and its impacts. Destination Space 3 will highlight the role of space, satellites and the UK in understanding and assessing the impact of climate change.
The Webb Telescope: November 2021 will also see the long-awaited launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, the largest and most powerful infrared space observatory. Destination Space 3 will support participating science centres to celebrate Webb and the UK’s involvement.
Spaceports: The UK has laid the groundwork for its first spaceports to be operational by 2022, with test flights and launches taking place in 2021. Destination Space 3 will tell the story of spaceports and their contribution to the UK’s space capability.
The Programme Key Goals
The key goals for this 6-month delivery programme are as follows:
To engage, inspire and involve school-aged children, their families and their teachers with a sense of curiosity and discovery about the UK’s role in space exploration and application, focussed on three key content areas of most relevance for 2021-2022.
To build on the previous phases of Destination Space and continue to support science capital for families and communities across the UK by promoting the personalised and localised relevance of UK space science to daily life, through the science centres and their regional partnerships.
To support and empower science centres and their engagement professionals across the UK to refresh their knowledge and regroup teams and expertise, to continue with UK space related engagement activities following prolonged periods of closure and restrictions due to Covid-19.
To evaluate the programme impact on audiences and their perceived relevance of UK space science, alongside the effectiveness of various blended approaches of delivery.
To create an online knowledge hub for the three key content areas and a community of practice of engaged, trained UK Space science communicators within participating Destination Space 3 science centres and beyond into the wider network.
For information on this exciting National Project, or if you would like to be involved, please contact:
Shaaron Leverment, Acting CEO and Project Director
Kierann Shah, ASDC Space and Physics Freelance Project Manager