Reaching for the stars

10 October 2018

The Ogden Trust primary team has been selected as one of three finalists for the Education and Outreach Team Award in the 2018 Sir Arthur Clarke Awards for Space Achievement. The awards recognise and reward those individuals and teams that have made notable or outstanding achievements in, or contributions to, all space activities in the past year (2017/18). Better known as ‘The Arthurs’, they have been presented annually since 2005.

The Ogden Trust team was nominated by Becky Parker, Director of the Institute for Research in Schools and Visiting Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Queen Mary, University of London. Becky made the nomination based on the Trust’s development and delivery of Phizzi Earth & Space which is upskilling and inspiring primary teachers to confidently use space as a context in the classroom.

“They have developed a highly acclaimed CPD resource for promoting practical science on the theme of Earth & space in primary schools and have provided free equipment to over 350 of their partnership primary schools all over England during the 2017-18 academic year,” says Becky. “The teachers were given a day of training to improve their knowledge and understanding of space science and to develop their interest and enthusiasm for the subject. The resource box contains ten sets of kit for whole class investigations,” continues Becky. 

“The Trust has also promoted the ESERO-UK resources and encouraged teachers to aim for the Space Education Quality Mark as part of their outreach. They have been pivotal in developing sixth form-led student ambassador schemes for primary space clubs and have arranged a series of family learning nights to increase science capital for pupils and their families,” concludes Becky in her nomination.

“We are very grateful to Becky for making this nomination – to get this endorsement for our Phizzi Earth & Space programme is really rewarding,” says Wendy Cox, Head of School Partnerships at the Trust. “To be one of the three finalists in this award category is a great tribute to the hard work of the Ogden primary team, and our colleagues, who helped us to deliver Phizzi Earth & Space through our partnership network and our Primary Physics Professional Learning (P3L) course in 2017/18.” 

Nine ‘Arthurs’ will be awarded this year at the British Interplanetary Society’s Reinventing Space Conference Dinner. The event on 1 November will be compered by Dallas Campbell, TV presenter and author of Ad Astra: An Illustrated Guide to Leaving the Planet.


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