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Skip to 0 minutes and 2 seconds TOM LYONS: Hello and welcome to the Q&A for exploring space. We’ve really enjoyed reading all your comments and questions throughout the course. There’s a couple of things that came up in the Q&A that we’re going to look at. And then the first one was about contacting space professionals. Is there somewhere where you can access a list of space professionals or get hold of them. So there’s two ways I’d recommend for this. The first one would be to use the standard master platform. So we are collecting together a list of professionals that we use through STEM Ambassadors. And we’re kind of labelling it the 1 Million Interactions Programme. And this is sponsored by the UK Space Agency.

Skip to 0 minutes and 47 seconds And so if you get on to the platform and there are now– you go into the website and into the STEM Ambassadors part and you request one. There are a couple of ways that you can look at that now. One is offers that STEM Ambassadors have. So there might be some space professionals that are already putting offers on the website or you can make a request for a space professional to come into your school. The other way would be to contact us. And we do have links with other professionals, people through the Royal Astronomical Society, and so on. And contact ESERO-UK through the STEM Learning website. And we can help you out with that.

Skip to 1 minute and 32 seconds The next part, and the question that we were going to look at, is in terms of an early years foundation and resources. And I’m just going to pass over to Rachel for that.

Skip to 1 minute and 43 seconds RACHEL JACKSON: So, yes. We do have a lot of resources available for upper key stage two. In fact, for most of Key Stage 2. And there was a question asking about if there were resources for younger children, particularly early years and Key Stage 1. We do have a number of resources for early years. We have a resource called the Mars Mission, where there are lots of different topics which look at the context of exploring Mars. And I know that we’re going to produce a little video showing you how to actually access these. So you’ll see that later on.

Skip to 2 minutes and 21 seconds And we’ve also got some really nice space cross curricular webs where they give you ideas of how to incorporate the curriculum through the whole of primary for all the different age ranges. There’s also a rocket seeds resource which looks at plants and the things that plants need to grow and different parts of the plant. But again, in the context of perhaps growing it for when we go and explore further afield in space. And we’ve also got, there are lots of lovely books that kind of provide a context for space, lots of picture books.

Skip to 3 minutes and 7 seconds And I think a lot of the resources really– some of them can be adapted whereas others it’s more of the context of space rather than actually teaching the subject knowledge that’s needed for space which children would learn later on. There’s also a resource which links to the seasons and geography called Colouring– I think it’s called Colouring the Earth, which links to looking at the Earth from above. But all these resources, we’re going to point out to you– well, Tom’s going to point out to you in a little video.

Skip to 3 minutes and 46 seconds TOM LYONS: Hi. Welcome to this recording showing you some of the resources from ESERO-UK and the new things coming through from the European Space Agency. So what you can see here is the ESERO-UK home page. And you can see that we’ve actually got some new things on here, such as the Space Challenges at Home link and information about space champions doing online sessions which you can also access. And if you click on the Space Challenges at Home, then you’ll find a list of the new challenges that European Space Agency have launched and that you can do from home.

Skip to 4 minutes and 28 seconds So there’s ones about doing Mission X [INAUDIBLE] there’s the Climate Detectives Main Camp where you design a moon model in 3D, and CADSAT which leads into the CANSAT competition. So if you want to do any of these things, we’ve got the links on there and they run all the way into the 4th of September. You can also, there was questions in the chat, in the course– sorry– about the early years foundation stage resources. So within our own website, you can just, when you’re in the ESERO website, you can just look at the resources that are only space resources. So you can see there’s actually 883 across the whole age ranges.

Skip to 5 minutes and 21 seconds But if you just want to look at EYFS, then you are then getting down to a much smaller number. However, there are some really good ones in here. So there’s things that we’ve got about the ExoMars mission, which I’ll talk more about in a second and things about robots, and how to plan and run your own space week. And then we’ve also got an– if you go to Explorify, we worked with Welcome on this, we’ve actually got 53 ExoMars activities. So ExoMars is the mission to Mars. It’s actually launching now in 2022. That’s been delayed by a couple of years.

Skip to 6 minutes and 8 seconds But you can see there’s loads of activities in here that are also for the five to seven age group, but it goes right up to the top end of the primary as well, to key stage two. So thank you for joining us on this course. I’m going to point you towards a couple of places that we’re putting new resources on at the moment that I’ve also shown you in the Camtasia video that we took. One of them is the ESA European Space Agency expedition home site. So all the new things that they’re doing for you to do at home are being listed there. And also, obviously, our ESERO-UK home page as well. Thank you. And we’ll see you next time.

Q&A with Tom and Rachel

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  • Contacting space professionals
  • Resources for early years children
  • Resources for all age groups

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