University of Leicester eBulletin

One Small Step to Leicester ...One Giant Leap into Space

July 2002
No 153

For schoolchildren taking a trip to Space School UK at the University of Leicester - their visit will be out of this world!

Space School UK is a residential course during which students will meet space scientists and employers, as well as explore the realities of such topics as human space flight, Mars, rockets, satellites, the Solar System, stars and supernovae, extra-terrestrial life, remote sensing and the environment.

The days are demanding and intensive, but will also include visits to Astrium UK to see satellites under construction and the National Space Centre, co-founded by the University of Leicester.

Professor Martin Ward, Professor of Astronomy at the University of Leicester and Director of Space School UK said: "Courses are aimed primarily at students who are preparing for GCSEs and A-levels and who have a strong interest in astronomy, space science and technology.

"The disciplines covered range from physics and astronomy to engineering and astronautics, planetary science and geology to environment studies and the humanities. While the course is designed to include both lectures and practical activities, there is ample opportunity for socialising too. At Space School UK you are likely to make life-long friends and some students come back again and again.

"Opportunities are provided for students to meet space scientists and academics, as well as potential employers. Students also have the opportunity to win various competitions held during the course. Prizes are awarded for practical rocketry and other participation events. Students also have the chance to fly a simulated space mission run at the Challenger Learning Centre which is part of the National Space Centre."

Jean Collins, organiser of Space School UK said " There are no vacancies for 28th July -1st August but places are available for the course from August 2-6. Those who come will be meeting with a party from China including the Curator of Beijing Plantarium Dr Jing Hairong who will give a talk to the students about the space programme in China and their planned manned flight next year.  A general public presentation may be available on the 6th August when Space School UK has finished"

Space School UK costs 225 per person for a five day residential and 400 for ten days and this year has been sponsored by University of Leicester, Astrium UK, DERA, Thanes Technology, the British Association Communicating Science, British National Space Centre and the British Physics Olympiad committee.

Further details are available from Head of Space School on Tel +44 (0)116 258 2136, fax +44 (0)116 299 6427, email or see the website

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