World Space Week Event Resources for Educators

Inspiring the next generation

WSW2013_LibyaWorld Space Week is the largest space event in the world and an ideal time for teachers and educators to use space-based activities to excite students about science and technology. We are featuring in particular, our Heinlein Teacher Guide and World Space Week Teacher Activity Guide, which are fantastic resources to promote and use in the classroom. You can download these below. In addition to that we have access to a wealth of education material through our global network of space and STEM education partners.

Heinlein Teacher Guide

The World Space Week Heinlein Teacher Guide is a collection of science and language arts activities for children in grades 5-9, which are based on the book “Have Spacesuit – Will Travel” by Robert A. Heinlein.

The guide is sponsored by the Heinlein Prize Trust.

WSW Teacher Activity Guide

This activity guide is designed for use in grade K-12 (US). Download it here:

UNOOSA Teacher’s Guide

UNOOSA_Teachers_GuideThe United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) issued an interesting Teacher’s Guide to plant experiments in microgravity, as part of the Human Space Technology Initiative in 2013. It describes classroom experiments that can be performed with a clinostat, a device to simulate microgravity for plant growth experiments.

Space Station Educator’s Resource Guide

Our newest sponsor Lockheed Martin created a great teacher’s guide about the International Space Station, together with NASA. It describes activities for grades 3 to 9, relating to all disciplines that are studied on board the real station. In addition Lockheed Martin contributes to several STEM Education initiatives, including its Engineers in the Classroom project with National Geographic.

World Space Week Partners’ Resources

World Space Week worls with several international NGO partners that share our education and outreach goals. Notably the Space Foundation and UNAWE have great resources for teachers. UNAWE was successful in crowdfunding its great ‘Universe in a box’ that can be ordered from their website. Have a look:

NASA Education Resources

During its long history NASA has become one of the largest producers of high quality education material, aimed at all grades and ages, covering all aspects of NASA’s activities in space and astronomy. Browse through this long list of great and free-to-use teaching material. There will certainly be something you can use!

ESA Teachers’ Corner

The European Space Agency (ESA) has a dedicated Education Office, producing a wealth of classroom resources for many age groups. These resources are available free of charge, both online and offline. Great thing is that most materials are available in many languages, offering great activities in your local language. The ESA website has several ways to access the material. Here are a few:

European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO)

The European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) project is ESA’s main way of supporting the primary and secondary education community in Europe. ESERO uses space related themes and the genuine fascination felt by young people for space to enhance school pupils’ literacy and competence in STEM-related subjects. The ESERO project also highlights the associated applications from space and raises awareness of the large range of career prospects in the space domain. It is organized by country:

EUMETSAT Learning Zone

A new initiative by the leading European Weather Satellite operator EUMetSat is the Learning Zone. Great teacher and student activities in the areas of weather, atmosphere, oceans, climate and spacecraft.

Galileo Mobile Teacher Guides

GalileoMobile is a purely non-profit initiative run by astronomers, educators, and science communicators. It is a traveling science education programme that brings astronomy closer to young people around the world, and mainly across regions that have little or no access to outreach actions. By organizing astronomy-related activities in schools and villages, we aim at fostering a will of learning through the exciting wonders of our Universe. For this we provide the places we visit with educational material (see Activities) as well as on-going support, so that educators can pursue astronomy activities after our visits.

Translate »