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New hub launched for space learning

Pupils from Bothal Middle School in Ashington participating in a Mars Base Alpha - Humans on Mars master-class.

Pupils from Bothal Middle School in Ashington participating in a Mars Base Alpha - Humans on Mars master-class.

A school partnership in the county has become the first hub for space education in the country.

The Ashington Learning Partnership – which supports more than 3,000 students across five schools in south east Northumberland – has been selected by the National Space Academy, a division of the National Space Centre in Leicester, to become the hub.

In the coming months the partnership will welcome pupils from schools across the region to take part in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) masterclasses, using space as a context for learning.

Trevor Swann, director of strategy and standards for the partnership, said: “We are the first organisation to become a ‘Schools Hub’ for the National Space Academy in the UK and we are delighted that our trust has secured a formal agreement with a prestigious national partner which demonstrates the expertise and commitment we have to make a real success of our new space education hub status.”

Ben Windass, subject leader of physics at Ashington High School, will take on an additional role as a lead educator on behalf of the National Space Academy.

Anu Ojha, director of space education and space communications at the National Space Centre in Leicester, said: “Our vision for the National Space Academy education programme is to materially enhance the size and quality of the UK science and engineering skills pool in young people.

“We are delighted to announce this extremely significant strategic development for us in the north east through our new learning venture with the Ashington Learning Partnership and the National Space Academy.

“We are incredibly excited by what this partnership will mean for our outreach work in the north east.”

For more on the programme visit http://nationalspaceacademy.org

 

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