STEM Activities for Space Camps
Our Space Camp Programme was primarily focussed on using Space Science as a context to support the coverage of the Primary Science Curriculum. Physics topics such as Light, Forces, Earth and Space and Electricity connect really easily to Space Science themes and we always include at least Lab session in a Space Camp programme.
There are also some great Technology applications - particularly computing projects that can really bring your Space Camp programme into the 21st Century. Programming, Robotics and Remote Telescopes are all wonderful ways to engage pupils and challenge them to develop new skills.
Space Science also really lends itself to a variety of Maths themes and we have tried to include a range of Maths investigations in our Space Science Programme support developing basic skills through an engaging theme. From developing ideas about Shape by planning and creating scale models of a Saturn V rocket to creating charts and graphs to compare planetary data - the opportunities are endless.
Below is a selection of our favourite STEM activities so far but if you click on the ESERO-UK logo to the left it will take you to the regularly updated catalogue of Space Education teaching resources that are regularly added to.
Some of our favourite STEM activities
Light Lab - Telescopes
Space Camp is a great opportunity for Year 3 and Year 6 to develop their ideas about light in a dark environment. In our telescopes light lab the pupils learn how lenses affect light, what happens to light waves hitting a curved reflector and then experiment with making their own simple telescope and testing it.
Tour of the Solar System
A really popular Lab session is a tour of the Solar System where the children have a presentation that gives them a closer insight into our amazing Solar System with lots of opportunity to ask questions.
Light Lab - Colour
In our colour light lab we ask the question 'How can Astronomers find out so much from light?' The pupils investigate dispersion and learn the colours of the spectrum, they find out about the colour of light from a star telling us about temperature and then make their own spectroscope.
Scale Model of the Solar System
A great mix of Maths, Science and Art - the children work out how big they should draw each planet and then create their own set of planets.
National Schools Observatory
Another remotely controlled telescope that you can register to use. Located on a small volcanic island off the coast of Africa, teachers can use this at any time of day to observe a variety of astronomical objects.
Phases of the Moon
Our Year 2 pupils really enjoyed their Moon Lab. As well as getting the opportunity to observe the Moon rocks that we borrowed from the STFC the also modelled the movement of the Sun-Earth-Moon system to understand why we get phases.