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Learning without frontiers

Needed to find out about space…but there’s nobody there?

At Space Connections, we’re here to help. Our aim is to boost the numbers of young people choosing to study and work in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We do this by linking education providers, the space industry and a whole range of innovative space-related education projects.

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  • About Us

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    We’re all about making Connections (as it says on the tin!). We’re a national organisation linking the many fantastic resources that are available to teachers. And we’re a central point of contact for space-related projects, so it’s much easier for teachers to access the information and resources they need.

    Space Connections has links with a wide range of organisations, including NASA, the European Space Agency, Space City in Russia, The UK Space Agency and the Royal Aeronautical Society, to name just a few.

    We’ve taken some giant leaps in the things we’ve achieved so far:

    Being instrumental in the development of a European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) for the UK;
    Organisation of educational visits and master classes in the heart of the Russian Space programme;
    Mobile outreach facility (The Space Bus) and delivery of inspiring programmes;
    Working with the UK Space Agency to deliver the new National Space Strategy on education;
    Coordination of UKAYROC the national young people’s rocket challenge;
    Organising the Young People’s Programme at the 2011 UK Space Conference.
    Organising the Young People’s Programme at the 2011 British Science Festival.

    We’re here to open up a galaxy of possibilities for space in education.

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  • History

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    Space Connections began in 2006 as a project funded by the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward.

    Space exploration and discovery have always excited and inspired children and young people and a need was recognised to make the resources from the European Space Agency (ESA) available to all.  Space Connections was given the brief to undertake the initial research and pilot activities in the region.  These included taking 66 children to Moscow for Cosmonaut training, organising rocket challenges and bringing the crew of the Space Shuttle to Bradford.

    However, the writing was on the wall even then for public funding and in 2008 Space Connections Enterprises was launched as a Community Interest Company and began to search for ways to become sustainable.  Since then we have acquired the only Space Bus in the UK, a mobile planetarium and a team of expert education deliverers and continue to deliver exceptional Space events to schools, communities and festivals.

    And it doesn’t end there: We have diversified into education resource provision, event coordination and many other areas of STEM activity. For more information, please visit our current and past projects.

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  • Our team

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    • Andy Willis Andy Willis
    • Holly Macgregor Holly Macgregor
    • Helen Barraclough Helen Barraclough
    • Amelia Thomas Amelia Thomas
    • CASE FILE Andy Willis CONTACT ME >> 1369 Position: Special Projects Manager Contact information: andy@spaceconnections.net

      Andy has worked at Space Connections since its inception. As part of his role, he runs a national aerospace challenge for 11-18 year olds inspiring young people to take up study in Science, Engineering and Technology, and ultimately a career in aerospace. The challenge normally consists of rockets, big flames and eggs.

      He also runs ad-hoc aerospace/space workshops and often finds himself working with Astronauts and Engineers from NASA. One of his claims to fame is teaching George Abbey (Ex NASA Director) how to make Yorkshire Puddings(YP) who in turn called him up Christmas day to tell him how well his YP’s had risen!

      Andy is also studying part time reading Aviation Management and Operations at The University of Bradford. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and through the summer months he can normally be found in the Yorkshire Dales under canvas.

      Most likely to say – “Just off to Greggs”
      Favourite quote “I am well convinced that Aerial Navigation will form a most prominent feature in the progress of civilization – Sir George Cayley”

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    • CASE FILE DSC00199-2_polaroid CONTACT ME >> 1369 Position: Project Development Officer Contact information: holly@spaceconnections.net

      Holly has worked with Space Connections since June. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy in May 2011. At university she was part of an outreach project to teach philosophy in all schools and to all ages. Before that she had a variety of jobs including waitressing in a vintage tea rooms where she got to indulge in her penchant for wearing 1940′s and 1950′s outfits.

      Favourite quote
      “One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.” -Socrates

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      Pass me another biscuit

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    • CASE FILE DSC00208-2_polaroid CONTACT ME >> 1369 Position: Managing Director Contact information: helen@spaceconnections.net

      Helen has worked with Space Connections since it began in 2008. She graduated with a degree in Microbiology and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. Helen has held a variety of positions in both the public and private sector. She was a research technologist in the R&D department at the European head office at Kellogg’s and is disproportionately proud of her role in the development of the ‘Nut Cluster’ . She then taught in a number of primary and secondary schools where she coordinated Science and the Gifted and Talented programme.

      Helen left teaching to become the science advisor at Eureka! The National Children’s Museum as part of the Creative Minds project and is committed to raising the enjoyment, attainment and achievement in all aspects of learning.

      Favourite quote
      ‘”Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. And then he feels that perhaps there isn’t.”
      - A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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      ‘ It’s in my bag……. Somewhere…’

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    • CASE FILE DSC00283-2_polaroid CONTACT ME >> 1369 Position: Finance Manager Contact information: amelia@spaceconnections.net

      Amelia was the first employee of Space Connections and has many roles over the years developing her skills and in depth knowledge of the company. Currently her main duties are managing the finances, health and safety and HR.

      Favourite quote
      ‘We know not where we are going. For the ocean will decide – it’s not the destination. It’s the glory of the ride’ – Edward Monkton, Zen dog

      Most likely to say – Apparently the ‘look’ says it all! (still waiting to find out what they mean)

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Our projects

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Halley's Comet was last seen in the inner Solar System in 1986,
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Engage your children


Now you can engage your KS2 and KS3 children with our science club in a box which is designed to be as hands on a fun as possible. The astro box has enough resources for ten children or twenty working in pairs and includes all the materials needed to complete each activity-even down to the scissors and sellotape!

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With help from other teachers we’ve developed a comprehensive resource guide for the club leader so there is no further research necessary- you can just leap right in. The box runs over a 6-10 week period and is linked to the national curriculum. Extension material is included in the resource guide.

In the box


The children get log books with tables to log their results and extra fun challenges, stickers for each activity completed AND a pin badge and certificate when all the challenges have been completed . We can refill your boxes anytime and we can even create bespoke versions for larger groups.

Activities


Each activity in the astro box will help your children understand the stars and the universe around us, some of the activities include making your own Galilean telescope, creating and painting a model of the planets and making their own ‘constellation canister’. We are able to refill your box any time and we can even bespoke boxes for larger groups.
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Now you can engage your KS2 and KS3 children with our science-club-in-a-box Rocket Box which is designed to be as hands on and fun as possible. Designed for up to twenty children working in pairs the resource boxes come with all the materials you need to stimulate and develop young minds.

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We’ve worked with teachers to develop a great resource book so there’s no research necessary- it even comes with extension material should you want to expand on the activities. It’s ideal for use as an after school club or as part of a normal lesson. Designed to run over 6-10 weeks and linked to the national curriculum.

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The children receive log books in which they can table their results and complete extra fun activities linked to their experiments. They also get a sticker when they have completed each activity and a pin badge and certificate when all activities have been completed.

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The activities in the rocket box will help your children understand gravity, aerodynamics and includes a stomp rocket, water rocket and even propeller gliders! We are able to refill your box any time and we can even bespoke boxes for larger groups.
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Engage your children


Now you can engage your KS2 and KS3 children with our science-club-in-a-box Rocket Box which is designed to be as hands on and fun as possible. Designed for up to twenty children working in pairs the resource boxes come with all the materials you need to stimulate and develop young minds.

Resource guide


We’ve worked with other teachers to develop a great resource book so there’s no further research necessary- it even comes with extension material should you want to expand on the activities. The rocket box is ideal for use as an after school club or as part of a normal lesson. Designed to run over 6-10 weeks and linked to the national curriculum, the boxes need minimal preparation, providing maximum engagement for your pupils.

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The children receive log books in which they can table their results and complete extra fun activities linked to their experiments. They also get a sticker when they have completed each activity and a pin badge and certificate when all activities have been completed.

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The activities in the green box will help your children understand some basic concepts in sustainable energy and includes kits to make solar powered fans, a water clock and balloon powered cars. We are able to refill your box any time and we can even bespoke boxes for larger groups.
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Planetarium

The Mobile Planetarium

The Mobile Planetarium travels to schools and events either with or without the bus. Inside our glamorous astrophysicist will guide you through all the nooks and crannies of space so you can learn about the moon, galaxies, stars and astronauts and gaze in awe at the incredible space shows and star projections.

The planetarium can fit up to 30 children inside at a time or 20 adults and the show can be tailored to suit whatever age group you require it for.

Our astro-physicist can also present a space show to larger groups of children so everyone can get involved!

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The Space Bus is designed to look like the international space station and travels to schools and events country-wide hosting workshops in rocket building, ‘Living and working in space’, moon buggies and Martian soil testing. We’ve been to festivals, schools and many other events.  We have workshops to suit children from foundation and early years up to year 6.

The bus can fit up to 24 children inside at any one time. A typical session lasts for 1 hr and includes building rockets and a workshop on living and working in space in which the children get to try real space food.  Although this is a typical session, we can tailor session lengths and workshops to best suit what you want from the bus- it’s up to you!

We can also host workshops at events without the bus if you require.

 

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YESNET

YESNET is a network of providers of Space activity within education across the Yorkshire region.

Members promote learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and believe that Space activity is a key way to attract and motivate young people.

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Challenges

Space Connections organise some amazing space-themed challenges, from rocket competitions to design challenges, and varying in scale from single school to international.

Challenges are not just about competition; they also encourage co-operation and teamwork – both vital skills for a young person’s future.

They also promote learning in an enjoyable and stimulating way.

People love the idea of working towards a reward, and a carefully managed challenge allows everyone to feel good about taking part. Spice up your special event or activity with a Space Connections Challenge!

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Contact us

We’d love to support your space-related activities, help you to develop your ideas for space in education, or just tell you more about what we do.

All you have to do is phone us on 08456 522406 or
e-mail on info@spaceconnections.net

Space Connections
Forsters Community College,
2 Captain Street,
Bradford,
West Yorkshire,
BD1 4EL

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Science is exciting, inspirational and can change the world.
So, if you need the Space Bus in your playground, a solar system in your hall or want to launch your career as a rocket scientist- contact us and we'll make it happen.
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