9 December 2015

Local primary schools touchdown at North Lindsey College for a primary space exploration resources event.

Aimed at primary teachers, the event took place in the Colleges STEM Academy. The event gave teachers the opportunity to learn about space exploration and how it can be embedded into STEM based provision to inspire and engage pupils.

The event was held at the College on the Thursday 26th November and forms part of a series of events run by the College for primary schools. The College is planning to launch a Children’s University in the New Year and this was the first forerunner event.

Schools had the scope to access a range of resources put together by the National STEM Centre. The resources were focused around Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, due to take place on 15th December 2015. He will be the first British ESA astronaut to visit the Space Station.

Tim Peake states, in a video published by the National STEM Centre, that achieving your goals requires hard work and commitment and there is no doubt that science and technology will be at the heart of solving many of the challenges that humanity faces.  He hopes that the resources put together by the National STEM Centre and ESERO-UK will inspire a new generation of young people.

Adam Downs, Science Co-ordinator at Winterton Junior School commented, “The resources and ideas will help enhance STEM related teaching and activities. The event is also a good networking opportunity for schools to meet and share ideas.”

Teachers had the opportunity to explore the range of resources presented by Mike Cargill, STEM Partnership Manager at the College. The session was interactive and teachers had the chance to put the resources under the microscope and try them out for themselves. Activities in the Rosetta Primary Resources Book included lesson ideas on: the planets, falling stars, meteorites, soft landing, weight on celestial bodies, distance in the solar system and solar power.

Paula Richardson, Deputy Headteacher at Killingholme Primary School commented, “We attended the event as we want to promote scientific thinking in a cross curricular way.”

Funded by ESERO-UK (the European Space Education Resource Office), the project is part of an incentive to promote space and the use of space to enhance and support STEM teaching and learning.

Mike Cargill, STEM Partnership Manager at the College, commented, “We want to support primary schools in delivering a curriculum rich in technical challenges, STEM content and real world experiences.”

The College will be holding a future event themed on robotics on Thursday 17th March 2016. For more information please contact marketing@northlindsey.ac.uk or for more information visit www.northlindsey.ac.uk

North Lindsey College is the largest provider of post-16 education and training in North Lincolnshire, offering a wide range of further education programmes, both vocational and academic, and apprenticeship courses at a range of levels.