Does spaceflight inspire school students?

The University of York Science Education Group aims to find out if Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station inspires school students to take (STEM) subjects.

Ages:

  • 7-11
  • 11-14

4461664103_b7f5f93a85_bThe University of York Science Education Group aims to find out if Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station inspires school students to take science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects. The £348,000 three-year research project, which involves BBC The Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, started in January 2015 and is funded by the UK Space Agency in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The project will involve gathering views from primary and secondary schools pupils and teachers, and from space scientists. The study will also lead to an overview of space science resources and design of a new instrument to assess school students’ attitudes to STEM subjects and space science.

To contact the research project team, led by Professor Judith Bennett, email spaceflight-project@york.ac.uk.

Does spaceflight inspire students?