Description

This article outlines the Space Academy programme led by the National Space Centre from 2008 to 2011, with the stated goals of harnessing the inspirational contexts of space and climate change to support GCSE, A-level and vocational students in their curriculum studies, as well as to enhance STEM teacher effectiveness and increase the awareness of young people about the various STEM career pathways available to them. The article discusses the methodology of the Space Academy and the programmatic uptake, and evaluates the evidence relating to the effectiveness, impact and legacy of the programme, which has resulted in the establishment of the National Space Academy.

Space science
STEM

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