Space Academy Cardiff 2023
Published on 07 Jul 2023 by Emma Eynon
We were very proud to sponsor the Cardiff Space Academy this year working with Cardiff High School, Cardiff University, and Cardiff Commitment to deliver a fantastic space event.
Space Academy is an initiative for underpriviledged children from around the Cardiff region to experience a week of specialist STEM and space education.
The aim is to connect and inspire children from all backgrounds to show them that a career in space or STEM is absolutely attainable and also interesting and desirable!
As accredited STEM trainers ourselves, we feel it is important to raise awareness of the need for more people to get involved with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths - especially from a younger age.
Our contribution to the event was a specially designed eLearning course - Blast Off! - to help consolidate the student learning from the whole week.
We have made Blast Off! available to the wider public on our free STEM Futures platform. It is a bitesized eLearning course to introduce the reasons and the efforts going into exploring space and colonising Mars.
We joined the Academy on the final day in the CultVR Lab in Cardiff. The main feature of this location is a dome projection screen which is perfect for space video topics!
Throughout the day, as each group of children came into our "Mars Landing Area" we handed out Chromebooks to experience the training and helped them to complete the exercises in their small teams.
At the end of the day, each student was awarded their Space Academy certificate by the leader of Cardiff council and also an extra goody bag from us!
It was a fantastic experience and everyone involved thoroughly enjoyed the event. We hope to make a bigger contribution next year too!
If you'd like to talk to us about STEM or space education then contact us anytime.