The Service will allow more effective teaching of elements of STEM subjects and computing and information technology, geography, environmental science plus aspects of various other subjects, whilst also improving pupils’ understanding about space itself.
As the Service matures and gains momentum, we anticipate that the take-up rate by students of these subjects will improve markedly in schools that adopt the Service. A breakdown of the potential benefits of the Service to different groups of society is given below:-
- Students will gain a new and added incentive for learning and the effectiveness of their education in the targeted elements of science and other subjects will be enhanced.
- Teachers will benefit from easy access to all parts of the Learning Service, enabling them to select and adopt suitable teaching materials, working within their time constraints; access to tested and verified learning resources based on space and satellite-derived data, directly keyed to the school curricula;new ways in which to conduct effective classroom lessons and experimental work in a range of curriculum-related subjects, plus a wide variety of after-school activities; support services covering all possible needs, including introductory and in-service training, to ensure proper use of the Spacelink Learning Service within school.
- Schools will benefit by the Learning Service being provided at an affordable rate to schools worldwide; science and related departments will have a new and innovative methods to improve continuity of science and other STEM subjects studies after the age of 16; and by incorporating the Learning Service into their teaching programmes, schools will help prepare students for a future in which global perspectives, global communications, technological innovations and widespread applications of information technology will be dominant themes.
- Society will benefit from the improved supply of scientists and engineers worldwide; public understanding of science and space worldwide will be increased and, in the long term, the Service will help to increase the competitiveness of the knowledge-based economies in countries using the Service.