Lectures for Schools and Colleges

We offer a wide selection of Physics, Astronomy and Space lectures, outlined below, from Key Stage 2-5, free of charge. Members of staff are pleased to visit schools/colleges to give lectures to groups of students.

If you would like to arrange a lecture, please contact the Outreach Officer. Lectures and talks offered by other University of Leicester Science departments can be found here. You can find detailed information about the University's outreach programmes here.

Lesson in a Box

Curriculum support loan boxes for Key Stage 2/3 are available through the National Space Centre (NSC) education unit.

  • Earth Moon and Sun (KS2): Books, worksheets and other resources.

  • Toys in Space (KS3): Dynamics and gravity, taught by experiments with toys, carried out on the Space Shuttle.

Tel: 0116 258 2111
National Space Centre website
Email: education@spacecentre.co.uk

Seeing Stars II

A Braille and large type astronomy book for visually impaired students is available. It covers general background on the Solar System, stars and galaxies, including information on recent and new space missions.

Martin Barstow - Tel: 0116 252 3492
Email: mab@star.le.ac.uk

Robotic Telescopes

This project has built two identical research class robotic telescopes for use as educational tools in schools. One telescope will be sited in Hawaii and a second in Australia giving access to both northern and southern skies. The time difference between both these sites will allow students to observe at night during normal school hours.

Faulkes Telescope website

Classroom Space

This is a joint departmental and Space Centre project for Key Stage 3/4 students, designed to bring real space data into the classroom as a tool to enhance teaching across the whole science curriculum (also some Mathematics, IT and Geography).

Includes teacher notes, lesson plans, student worksheets and data from space missions formatted for use in standard classroom IT resources (e.g. Excel spreadsheets, data logging software). It is downloadable from the Classroom Space website.

For further information contact:

Martin Barstow - Tel: 0116 252 3492
Email: mab@star.le.ac.uk
Classroom Space website

National Space Centre

spacecentre.gifThe NSC is a Leicester-based visitor attraction, which opened on June 30th 2001. The project includes the main space and astronomy themed exhibition areas, a state-of-the-art Space Theatre, the Challenger Learning Centre (CLC) and space research facilities.

At the CLC, whole classes of students can experience simulated space missions in support of the science curriculum. The NSC's facilities bring together many strands of the National Curriculum at each of the Key Stages including science, ICT, maths, literacy, history, geography and citizenship. As well as the centre's galleries we offer a wide range of educational programmes and resources including the Challenger Learning Centre, workshops and our acclaimed Space Theatre shows. To supplement your visit we have a range of trails to guide you around the galleries and on-line support materials.

NSC general Tel: 0116 261 0261
Challenger Centre/Education bookings Tel: 0116 258 2111
National Space Centre website
Email: education@spacecentre.co.uk

Rockets at Leicester

"Sounding rockets, along with scientific balloons, are a relatively cheap and fast way of getting detailed observations. They are particularly useful for research in the far ultraviolet, X-ray or gamma and infrared, as they travel above the atmosphere and eliminate the problem of atmospheric opacity in these wavebands. They follow a parabolic flight trajectory, spending approximately five minutes above the atmosphere before falling back to Earth. They have a parachute attached to enable researchers to recover their payload."

(Taken from the Educational Guide to Space).

The Rockets Pages

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