At its simplest level the Astro Science Challenge is a series of 18 Activity Plans, available on this website, for you to use as the basis of lessons for your students. And that would certainly be one way to use these resources. However…
…we have also created a story world, accessed through an app or on desktops, which references the real science and significantly enhances and deepens the children’s engagement through their interaction with fictional characters.
Students can use the Astro Science Challenge app to follow the story, create their own Cadet account and choose their avatar, to write and upload all their work and to claim badges when they’ve finished a Mission. Team Leaders can monitor their Cadets’ progress and award badges for completed Missions though the Team Leader Admin section on this website.
“Outstanding! Many activities and resources that I will incorporate into my plans for years to come. I and the children loved every challenge and we have all learnt so many new things.” Key Stage 2 Leader, Years 4-6
We have created the six Missions that comprise the Astro Science Challenge in close collaboration with our Science partners and professional teachers. Each Mission has a range of tasks for a range of learning abilities, all mapped against the UK’s Key Stage 2 curriculum. Each one is introduced by a video from our Director of Human Spaceflight, Jon Spooner – below is an example of the videos you will see on the App.