The STARS project aims to promote Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station in 2015, particularly through fostering engagement with key-stage 2 (KS2; yrs 7-11) and key-stage 4 (14-16) pupils across the UK.
STARS is intended to be, the first instance, a community-based outreach project driven by members of the ASB, and at present we have a cadre of 12+ members signed up to play a role in delivering the STARS project, several of whom have considerable and varied experience in delivering outreach activities to schools.
We hope to inspire pupils at KS2 & 4 to engage with STEM subjects, to provide role-models through face-to-face interaction with practising space scientists and astrobiologists and to positively impact pupils’ perceptions about science.
The STARS Project involves three elements of engagement:
1. Pre-ISS (In-School Session) Resources Pack: A teacher’s pack will be made available to the liaising teacher outlining the various ISS event seminars and post-ISS activities that are available (at both KS2 & 4 levels), and they will be invited to select the package they wish to use.
2. An ISS visit by an ASB member: An ASB member will deliver the STARS talk and activity, in-school session. Dates and times will be arranged by the STARS Project coordinators, and travel expenses will be covered by the ASB member.
3. A Post-ISS Activity Project: If the session is set to be at KS2, the ASB member delivering the ISS will also coordinate an activity as part of their ISS. Full details for these activities will be part of the teachers resource-pack which will outline any materials and associated expense that, in preparing their pupils for the ISS. If the session is at the KS4 level, then the ISS will be followed by an activity; either of a project nature or possibly on-line support resource or competition. All activities, whether part of the ISS (KS2) or post-ISS (KS4) will be designed to dove-tail where possible with curricular issues.
If you would like your school to be involved in the STARS Project, please get in touch via email: email@example.com. We will take applications for visits until mid-November 2015, with the sessions to begin in January 2016.
A flyer advertising the STARS Project can be downloaded below (right click, ‘save image’):