OPPORTUNITIES AT THOMAS ESTLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE STATION ROAD BROUGHTON ASTLEY
AT 11AM WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE
of awareness about UK involvement in space science and astronomy missions is
widespread, but that could soon change for students in selected schools who are
chosen for a test run of a new educational card game featuring scientific
game, developed by Mr David Smith, of the University of Leicester Space Research
Centre, is called ‘Voyager’, and includes facts about 32 different
scientific satellites, including the Hubble Space Telescope and the
International Space Station.
UK involvement with the satellites is highlighted on the cards, which also
include a web address specific to each satellite, where enthusiasts can find out
Smith has received a grant of £1,000 from PPARC (Particle Physics and Astronomy
Research Council), which has enabled him to produce a number of copies of the
game for testing in Leicester schools.
this pilot scheme, ‘Voyager’ will be developed into a fun education tool
that – with the inclusion of teachers’ notes - can be distributed to schools
nationwide in future.
Smith said: “I have always felt that the general public’s knowledge of
scientific satellites needs improving and decided to address this problem by
developing a simple card game, aimed at 10 to 13 year old school children.
‘Voyager’ incorporates basic facts about satellites in its rules and also
gives additional information about the many satellites of the past, present and
have been carried out at three schools so far and the response from both pupils
and staff is very encouraging, with several of their suggestions incorporated
into the latest version of the game.”
playing ‘Voyager’, pupils practise numeracy skills and learn some general
knowledge, while also having a fun lesson. In the words of one pupil, ‘The
game was absolutely brilliant. I haven’t thought science will be fun until
today! When will they be in the shops!’”
to editors: Further information is available from Mr David Smith,
University of Leicester Space Research Centre, telephone 0116 252 3519,
facsimile 0116 252 2464, mobile 07748 526825, email email@example.com
Smith and pupils involved in the pilot scheme will be available for
photos/interviews at Thomas Estley Community College, Station Road, Broughton
Astley, Leicestershire at 11am on Wednesday June 12. Please ask for Colin Foster, Head of Science, at the reception desk
for the College. The College number is 01455 283263 – please confirm your
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