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ERIC Number: EJ1156598
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Out of This World
Wiskow, Julie
Primary Science, n141 p5-8 Jan 2016
Julie Wiskow's fascination with space started in 2013-2014 when her year 5 (age 9-10 year) class took part in the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) Primary Space project and they were one of the first primary schools in the UK to achieve a Gold "Space Education Quality Mark". The experience was a huge success, with children highly motivated and engaged in their learning. Indeed, such was their enthusiasm for science that they decided to expand the space theme to reach the entire school--and the "Out of This World" project was born, a project that achieved the runner-up prize in the Rolls-Royce Science Prize awards in November 2015. Herein, she describes how the project is based around a series of "space passports" they developed with variations for each year group from reception up to year 6 (ages 4-11). Within these passports is a series of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) objectives, based around the topic of space, which the children have followed with their teachers over the course of the last year. Every time a task is completed, the relevant page is stamped, just like a real passport. All projects needed an underlying theme and at the heart of theirs has been Tim Peake, who, is due, in December 2015 (at the time of writing), to become the first official British astronaut to visit the International Space Station (ISS). Using the excellent resources developed by the European Space Agency (ESA), the children have learned about the role of the ISS and the training and qualifications needed to become an astronaut.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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