It has been very gratifying to see that despite the present difficulties in learning in the Coronavirus pandemic, so many schools are determined to bring their pupils the very best of world class learning activities.
The clock is now ticking for those schools wanting to take part in the International Space School Education Trust’s (ISSET) NASA Space Challenge.
The objective of the Challenge is to have teams of pupils design and project manage an experiment to be included on the schedule of the International Space Station.
Participating teams will have access to a range of experiences, materials and online support from astronauts and NASA scientists… this really is ‘rocket science’. An experience your pupils will never forget, and which might inspire their future career plans!
As well as having access to leading edge support and materials, the pupil teams will have to demonstrate project management skills in preparing their experiment, with a clear outline and a project plan which can be delivered on the International Space Station.
The winning teams internationally will enjoy an all-expenses-paid expedition to the Kennedy Space Center to witness the launch of their experiment to the International Space Center and to tour the Kennedy Space Center and local attractions!
As I operate as an ambassador for ISSET I have managed to negotiate a discount off the normal price of entry to the competition.
In previous challenges schools have constituted teams from across a particular year group, or have used the Challenge as part of their gifted and talented programme.
There are a number of options to supplement your central experiment Challenge, right up to having a former astronaut visit your school to share their experiences, as well as a range of online resources.
The person to speak to if you would like to take your interest forward is Chris Barber, the CEO of ISSET.
His email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Don’t forget to quote the discount code: DH5
To get a flavour of the challenge, have a look at these short videos which demonstrate the world-class nature of participating…
Best wishes and good luck,
David Hughes MA NPQH ADEM