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Space exploration education and outreach grants awarded

£150,000 has been awarded to eight partners for exciting new education and outreach activities projects.

Mars exploration
Aurora en route to Mars and the Moon. Credit: ESA.

Following a call for proposals in July 2016, we are pleased to announce that we have selected eight partners to receive grants for outreach and education activities related to our space exploration programme. A total of £150 000 has been awarded for these exciting new projects.

The following partners have been awarded funds to continue or to start projects in support of the objectives of the education programme:

  • University of St Andrews: Exploration of Mars – Where can technology take us?
  • University of Westminster: Space Explorers
  • Gallomanor Communications Ltd: Space Exploration Zone
  • G2G Communities CIC / LEGO Innovation Studio: Full STEAM Ahead
  • University of Edinburgh: Astrobiology Academy: Using Astrobiology to Teach Curriculum Science
  • Aleksandra Mir (artist): Space Tapestry: Human Spaceflight and Earth Observation
  • Institute for Research in Schools: Amazing Atmospheres
  • Children’s Radio UK (broadcasting as Fun Kids): Robots to Mars

The UK Space Agency are delighted to be able to support these projects, which represent a diverse selection of cross-curricular activities that meet our education objectives in encouraging children to take up STEM subjects, raise awareness of careers in space-related areas, and raise awareness of the UK’s exploration programme.

We look forward to publishing more details on the individual projects as they get up and running over the next few months.

Lewis Dartnell from University of Westminster, who will be working on the ‘Space Explorers’ project said:

I’m absolutely delighted to have been supported by the UK Space Agency for our outreach project. I think that combining computer games with green screen studio interviews of space scientists is a really fun way of exploring the real science behind our favourite games, and how the UK is leading in the field.

Published 14 October 2016