Reaching for the stars

13 August 2018

Ogden Consultant Amanda Poole developed and delivered the first phase of the Space Camp project when she won the Let Teacher's SHINE competition, run by the education charity SHINE in 2014. SHINE has continued to support the Space Camp programme which has been rolled out to another 32 schools across the UK. Now, with funding of £100,000 from the Stephen Hawking Foundation, Amanda is leading the development of 20 new Space Camp partnerships across the UK in the next two years. SHINE continues to support the project too. 

“We are recruiting Ogden primary partnerships who have come to the end of their funding and are looking for new opportunities for collaboration and CPD in primary science,” explains Amanda. “We are also interested in hearing from existing partnerships in the north of England who are interested in adding Space Camps to their collaborative projects.” 

Partnership will need to include six or more primary schools who have a successful track record of working together to develop primary science education in their schools. Each school in the partnership must agree to running one Space Camp a year in their school – a Space Camp is a one-night residential learning experience run in school by the teachers and staff from that school. It is a sustainable project that provides a rich learning experience for children, developing their understanding of space science and space exploration.  

Partnerships will receive a basic set of equipment to get their Space Camps off the ground including tents, camping equipment, a telescope and additional resources. Teachers from all schools in the partnership will attend an introductory CPD day to get them started as well as a follow up visit by a Space Camp Ambassador who will model leading a space themed workshop in the classroom as well as providing support with planning their Space Camp. Participating schools will also receive support and funding to work towards the Space Education Quality Mark (SEQM) in recognition of the developments they have made. 

“In the last phase of the Space Camp project, we managed to arrange visits by the NASA astronaut Michael Foale to all of the new partnership schools so that the children got to find out all about living and working in space,” explains Amanda. “We are currently working on doing this again with the new partnerships as well as developing links with universities to find astronomers, astrophysicists and cosmologists who are able to come and talk to the children about their work. It is going to be a very exciting couple of years! This will be a great project for partnership schools to build upon the Phizzi Earth & Space CPD that many of them were involved with last year.” 

Any Ogden primary partnerships who are interested in getting involved should email Amanda, to find out more. 


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