you ever searched for water on the moon? Or
measured the depth of a Martian crater? Classroom Space is an innovative project from space
scientists at the University of Leicester that will provide school children
across the UK with the opportunity to tackle these and other exciting
challenges. Classroom Space is
being launched at the Association of Science Education (ASE) annual meeting in
Liverpool on January 3rd.
ready made resource for teachers, Classroom Space provides all the necessary
materials to teach key areas of the National Curriculum using exciting new
examples. By bringing data and
issues from real space missions in to schools, it will use pupils' enthusiasm
for space science and astronomy to address declining interest generally in
science subjects. All the classroom materials use real data from space missions
that have studied Mars, the Moon or our own planet, the Earth. The user friendly
materials and comprehensive background notes will offer immediate support to
science teachers who are under severe time restraints to prepare materials.
Space is aimed at the 11 - 16 age range and all the material is relevant to the
Science National Curriculum, with some applications within the Maths, Geography
and ICT Curricula. All materials
have been tested and refined with the help of practising teachers in schools
across the UK.
McAtamney, St Mary's Christian Brothers Grammar School, Belfast said "I
have worked through 3 of the projects with my classes and they REALLY enjoyed
them! They are excellent and I am
hoping to incorporate them into the scheme of work for some literacy and
numeracy if possible."
Eason, Castle Hall School, West Yorkshire said "The idea is great -
self-contained activities with real space data. And the fact that students actually use the computers as a
tool to solve problems, rather than just flicking through a CD-Rom is
Each topic contains worksheets and suggested experiments and activities as well as teacher's notes. Project Leader, Dr Martin Barstow of the University of Leicester said "We want to help revitalise science education by finding exciting ways of presenting the curriculum."
Space is funded by a grant from the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research
Council (PPARC), through its National Awards Scheme. A second PPARC grant has
been confirmed to fund Classroom Space for an additional 2 years (to 2004) and
extend the materials for use at post-16.
Space materials are available to download free of charge from the project
website - www.classroomspace.org.uk, where teachers can search for activities
under subject headings or by looking at the areas of the National Curriculum
they wish to teach. The website
will go online at the ASE meeting in Liverpool, and in the following months
teachers will be made aware of the project via various training events across
the country. Classroom Space is a
branded Science Year project.
Verbickas will be presenting Classroom Space to teachers at the ASE at 9.30 on
January 3rd, 2002.
Martin Barstow - Classroom Space Project Leader
Verbickas - Classroom Space Project Officer
Association of Science Education is the national meeting of UK science teachers.
Journalists wishing to know more about this year's conference at the University
of Liverpool should contact:
Martin - Press Office
Maddock - PPARC Press Office
Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) is the UK's strategic
science investment agency. It funds research, education and public understanding
in four broad areas of science - particle physics, astronomy, cosmology and
Public Understanding of Science and Technology Awards Scheme provides funding to
both small local projects and national initiatives aimed at improving public
understanding of its areas of science.
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