Having last week tried to restore the question of balance to the curriculum, I make no apologies this week for sharing a link to my friends at the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET).
Chris Barber has unparalleled access to NASA astronauts and administrators. ISSET provides a whole range of space related programmes to enable school aged children, educational professionals and corporate partners to experience working with individuals who have explored the edge of human experience as NASA Astronauts and Administrators. The programmes explore either the science of space, the human development programmes needed to exploit space, or astronomical related phenomena.
Visits take place around the world and focus on astronomical events such as eclipses and the transition of Venus (sorry if you missed the transition of Venus, I’m afraid you have quite a wait until the next opportunity!), Astronaut Leadership Challenges when personal qualities are forged in the company of an astronaut and Mission Discovery opportunities when STEM challenges are completed – the latest being held in concert with Kings College London, which led to student-designed experiments being flown to the International Space Station for commissioning.
I’ve supported the delivery of programmes in the Johnson and Kennedy Space Centers, as well as in UK venues with NASA astronauts. The opportunities are unique in bringing learners into the orbit of space explorers!