The UK Space Agency welcomes proposals for studies into the effects of human spaceflight on young people studying STEM subjects.
The UK Space Agency seeks to fund social research into the effects of human spaceflight. It is often claimed that astronaut programmes increase interest in and uptake of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) among children and there is much anecdotal evidence supporting this. The forthcoming mission of Tim Peake, the first ever UK government-backed astronaut, who will become the first ever British astronaut to visit the International Space Station in November 2015, presents an excellent opportunity to test this claim.
Seeking to subject the claim to rigorous and reliable social research methods, the UK Space Agency welcomes proposals for studies which will assess the response to Tim Peake’s mission, particularly among children and in respect of their attitudes to STEM subjects.