Teesside were the first to pilot the Space to Earth Challenge and with success from year one they offered a hugely successful summer school in year two. The enthusiasm of the whole Teesside team, Lukasz, Alex Kerry, Gary and Abigail English has been stellar. We couldn’t wish for better partners!
Here are the mission stats:
·Space to Earth Challenge Day for Year 9 students (20/04) – Manor College; 45 students, students worked in small groups of 15 and experienced changing climate in the environmental chamber, resistance in the hydrotherapy pool and worked on their power on watt bikes.
·Space to Earth Challenge event with The Triathlon Foundation and Tour de Yorkshire (25/04-01/05) – attended 5 different schools; 1900 students engaged across the schools and on campus on the day of the race.
·Space to Earth Year 6 Summer School (07/07-08/07) – Thursday we had Thornaby Academy with 73 students and on Friday we had Freebrough Academy with 160 students. This event was very similar to last years, and students were engaged in sport activities and creative wearable tech activities. This year was like a progression from last year and the students this time round were training for their return to Earth from the ISS.
Lukasz Kupczak, who has been a fabulous mission controller for year two of the Space to Earth Challenge, said: “Being able to lead on organising the Space to Earth Challenge events at Teesside University has been a journey with well deserved results. Our ability to engage students from schools around the Tees Valley area has been as rewarding for us as for the students who came to the University and really got engaged. All in the name of science and our hero Tim Peake!”