World Space Week Event Resources for Educators

Inspiring the next generation

WSW2016World Space Week is the largest space event in the world and an ideal time for teachers and educators to use space-based activities to excite students about science and technology. We are featuring in particular, our Heinlein Teacher Guide and World Space Week Teacher Activity Guide, which are fantastic resources to promote and use in the classroom. You can download these below. In addition to that we have access to a wealth of education material through our global network of space and STEM education partners.

Heinlein Teacher Guide

The World Space Week Heinlein Teacher Guide is a collection of science and language arts activities for children in grades 5-9, which are based on the book “Have Spacesuit – Will Travel” by Robert A. Heinlein.

The guide is sponsored by the Heinlein Prize Trust.

WSW Teacher Activity Guide

This activity guide is designed for use in grade K-12 (US). Download it here:

UNOOSA Teacher’s Guide

UNOOSA_Teachers_GuideThe United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) issued an interesting Teacher’s Guide to plant experiments in microgravity, as part of the Human Space Technology Initiative in 2013. It describes classroom experiments that can be performed with a clinostat, a device to simulate microgravity for plant growth experiments.

Space Station Educator’s Resource Guide

Our newest sponsor Lockheed Martin created a great teacher’s guide about the International Space Station, together with NASA. It describes activities for grades 3 to 9, relating to all disciplines that are studied on board the real station. In addition Lockheed Martin contributes to several STEM Education initiatives, including its Engineers in the Classroom project with National Geographic.

World Space Week┬áPartners’ Resources

World Space Week works with several international NGO partners that share our education and outreach goals. Notably the Space Foundation and UNAWE have┬ágreat resources for teachers. UNAWE was successful in crowdfunding its great ‘Universe in a box’ that can be ordered from their website. Have a look:

NASA Education Resources

During its long history NASA has become one of the largest producers of high quality education material, aimed at all grades and ages, covering all aspects of NASA’s activities in space and astronomy. Browse through this long list of great and free-to-use teaching material. There will certainly be something you can use!

ESA Teachers’ Corner

The European Space Agency (ESA) has a dedicated Education Office, producing a wealth of classroom resources for many age groups. These resources are available free of charge, both online and offline. Great thing is that most materials are available in many languages, offering great activities in your local language. The ESA website has several ways to access the material. Here are a few:

Odysseus II Contest

Odysseus is EuropeÔÇÖs leading space science contest for young people.┬á┬á The Odysseus contest is a unique learning platform that offers travel opportunities, high-value prizes and career-shaping internships.┬á Three age groups are eligible to participate in the contest.

  • Skywalkers ÔÇô ages 7 to 13 (primary schools pupils)
  • Pioneers ÔÇô ages 14 to 19 (secondary schools pupils)
  • Explorers ÔÇô ages 17 to 22 (university students)

The contest is organized in three rounds: National, regional and pan-European. Submission deadline: March 2017. The next pan-European finals will be held in Toulouse, France in July, 2017. Rules and other informations are available here:

European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO)

The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project is ESA’s main way of supporting the primary and secondary education community in Europe. ESERO uses space related themes and the genuine fascination felt by young people for space to enhance school pupilsÔÇÖ literacy and competence in STEM-related subjects. The ESERO project also highlights the associated applications from space and raises awareness of the large range of career prospects in the space domain. It is organized by country:

EUMETSAT Learning Zone

A new initiative by the leading European Weather Satellite operator EUMetSat is the Learning Zone. Great teacher and student activities in the areas of weather, atmosphere, oceans, climate and spacecraft.

Galileo Mobile Teacher Guides

GalileoMobile is a purely non-profit initiative run by astronomers, educators, and science communicators. It is a traveling science education programme that brings astronomy closer to young people around the world, and mainly across regions that have little or no access to outreach actions. By organizing astronomy-related activities in schools and villages, we aim at fostering a will of learning through the exciting wonders of our Universe. For this we provide the places we visit with educational material (see Activities) as well as on-going support, so that educators can pursue astronomy activities after our visits.

Space Awareness – Educate┬á& Inspire

The project strives to inform children and young adults about current research and issues related to space sciences and the numerous career opportunities offered by space, and to show them that space science can be fun and inspiring. Educators can benefit immensely from the project by taking advantage of the large array free high-quality resources that are easily adaptable to different disciplines and countries.

Education resources

Space Awareness offers a series of complementary activities and resources to inspire children from 8 to 18 years old, primary and secondary school teachers, teacher trainers, science educators, and families.

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