Throughout the Leading Space Programme the aspiration among the network of schools and the expert steering group has been to leave a lasting legacy – this includes sharing inspirational practice through a film and a case study publication.
This is the second publication from LSEP. It is written from a selection of the case studies and resources provided by the schools after the third and fourth years of the programme. The aim is to promote space as a context for learning by showcasing the work of the LSEP schools in a variety of contexts and curriculum areas.
The first SSAT publication Leading practice in space education: successful approaches by specialist schools also highlights some themed ideas for engaging with space.
Participant schools have provided case studies outlining various aspects of their work including some tips and guidance on making it work. The range of school-based innovation described in cases studies is broad and presents to all schools a resource to support and enable implementation and development of approaches to space education.
Further resources can be found on the National STEM centre eLibrary. The resources in the collection have been written by teachers from some of the Leading Space schools, and span a variety of activities that have been used in the classroom, including: a whole year eight scheme of work themed around space; a space day for the whole school; the chemistry of rockets and combustion; and using space apps in the classroom.
This school science review article Using space as a context for teaching science describes how the science department at Shoeburyness High School in Essex introduced a space-themed year eight (ages 12–13) science course to increase student engagement and motivation. As well as discussing the rationale for such curriculum change, it describes the processes of planning and resourcing the course, and the barriers that need to be overcome to make such a significant undertaking successful.
The author of the article, Mark Smith, is head of science at Shoeburyness High School in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, and prepared the school’s successful bid to become a part of the Leading Space Education Programme.