One Small Step to Leicester ...One Giant Leap into Space
schoolchildren taking a trip to Space School UK at the University of Leicester -
their visit will be out of this world!
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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"
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.
details are available from Head of Space School on Tel +44 (0)116 258 2136, fax
+44 (0)116 299 6427, email email@example.com
or see the website http://www.star.le.ac.uk/spaceschool/
This document has been approved by the head of department or section.