Our World From Space is a two-year national STEM programme exploring the relevance of UK space science for the future health and sustainability of our home planet, funded by UK Space Agency in partnership with Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UK Research and Innovation.
The programme leverages current learning and connections from two previous ASDC programmes, Destination Space and Operation Earth, to celebrate, engage and inspire audiences with UK Earth observation science, innovation and skills. This existing expertise is coupled with an external and robust evaluation programme to explore the impact for participants and practitioners.
From global themes down to hyper-local case studies, the programme uses awe, wonder and inspiration, alongside immediate relevance, to increase audiences’ understanding, engagement and sense of ownership in relation to these areas. This programme specifically challenges perceptions of space science being “not for me” and will focus on the impact and relevance that space science has for daily life, as well as for the most pressing challenges our society and world face today.
22 science centres and museums across the UK will be delivering the programme from July 2023 until December 2024. This will include interactive workshops for families and community groups, awe-inspiring planetarium shows, bespoke classroom-based activities, ‘meet the scientist’ events, pop-up science shows, and STEM career days, each organisation has taken on the theme in their own unique way to engage audiences on this key matter.
Shaaron Leverment, ASDC Chief Executive says “The ASDC programme 'Our World From Space' places climate and the environment at the heart of this national space engagement programme. We are thrilled to be working with the UK Space Agency and 22 of our science and discovery centres across the UK, to inspire and involve young people and families with the relevance of UK space science and its far-reaching impacts - not only for our lives today - but for the sustainable future of our home planet."
To inspire and empower a society that embraces the value and relevance of space science for everyday life and the sustainable future of our planet.
To leverage the ASDC network to promote curiosity and identity with UK space science through interactive, meaningful and exploratory experiences for school children, teachers, families and diverse communities across the UK.
Timeframe: April 2023 - March 2025, with the delivery period taking place from June/July 2023 and wrapping up by December 2024.
Scope: Our World From Space will be delivered by 22 science and discovery centres and museums around the UK, with participating organisations choosing where to prioritise their engagements across the key audiences.
Funding: The programme is majority funded by the UK Space Agency, with additional funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UK Research and Innovation.
Project Development Partners: National Centre for Earth Observation, Dynamic Earth, National Space Centre and Science Oxford