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With support from an Ogden Trust grant, Success4All has launched its space STEM challenge.

Published: 28 February 2023

This academic year, around 250 Year 5 and Year 6 pupils from 10 primary schools in the Tyne & Wear region are expected to complete a free space-themed STEM Challenge, which consists of five hands-on enquiry-based learning workshops and a trip to a space research facility, Delivered by Success4All, an educational charity based in Newcastle upon Tyne, the space-themed STEM Challenge, is set to provide pupils from deprived areas of the region with an opportunity to aim high and reach for the stars.

The pupils will visit Newcastle University where they will meet scientists working on the James Webb Space Telescope, the most recently launched telescope in space, as well as taking part in a series of practical experiments.

Three smiling children holding up small plastic beakers from a science experiment

A spokesperson for Success4All said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to offer our Space themed STEM Challenge to local primary schools in the Tyne & Wear region, and to work alongside the physics department at Newcastle University to bring space education to life.

“We have created workshops that investigate different elements of the science curriculum as well as introduce pupils to the different roles that exist within space science. One of the main reasons we do this is because our challenge is very closely linked with real-life problems and scenarios that many scientists face in their roles.

“This also ties in very well with the trip we arrange, which is always a superb way to mark the end of the challenge. It makes the challenge more meaningful for the pupils, particularly when they start connecting their own experiences and challenges with that of the scientists.

two children in black coats working outside on a science investogation

Since announcing the initative at the start of the year, one Year 5 class has already completed the challenge and completed all five of the hands-on workshops. The workshops have prompted some fascinating and out of this world discussions, with many of the pupils excited to take a lead in the experiments.

“We have had a superb start to the challenge and are looking forward to rolling out the challenge to all nine of the remaining classes in the next couple of months.”

Developed to meet elements of the Key Stage 2 science curriculum and ignite curiosity and a passion for space, the challenge provides pupils with the opportunity to investigate:

  • the relationship between the Sun, Moon and Earth
  • the different surfaces and atmospheres of the planets in our solar system
  • the amount of fuel needed for different rockets
  • the use of infrared light in space science
  • the design of mars rovers

A line of children stood outside in coats with their teacher

Success4All CIO is an educational charity based in the North East of England preparing children and young people for a brighter future.

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