Bring a space expert into your classroom
Hangouts are video-conference style events, allowing children to meet and question experts without the fuss and expense of arranging an in-person visit.
The children learn about a wide range of inspiring space-related topics, and can ask questions about the mysteries and discoveries that the scientists present. A key barrier to uptake of STEM subjects is children thinking STEM is not ‘for people like me’; meeting real scientists is key to challenging such damaging stereotypes.
Instructions for how to participate are below. You will need a computer with reasonably good internet connection, and a way to project the image so that everyone can see. Interaction can be by text or microphone as best suits.
Special Lunar Series for the 50th Apollo anniversaries
NOT TO BE MISSED!
(past date) – Formation of the Moon, Jacqueline Campbell
Tues 07 May – The Moon and the Sun, Ryan French
Mon 13 May – Apollo 13, Jacqueline Campbell
Weds 22 May – Beyond Apollo, Jacqueline Campbell
Weds 29 May – The Eagle has Landed, Jacqueline Campbell
Weds 05 June – Why we should go back to the Moon – Ian Crawford
Thurs 27 June – History of Moon Exploration – Ian Crawford
Tues 09 July – Topic TBC – Ian Crawford
Mon 15 July – Humans vs Robots – TBC
Register your interest using at the bottom of this page, using the Hangout Application Form.
Watch previously recorded Hangouts:
Hangout with Dr Jack Carlyle – Space Weather
Hangout with Prof Lucie Green – Getting to know our Explosive Sun
Hangout with Dr Martin Archer – How to build your own Light Saber
How to get started:
- Do you have a Google account? If the answer is NO you will need to create one. Special schools’ accounts have enhanced privileges but are more complex to set up, and so you may prefer to create a personal account for this purpose.
- Once you have an account you can login. If you are using Google chrome as a browser, select “Hangouts” from the programs matrix on the top right-hand corner of the screen. If you using a different browser then enter https://www.google.co.uk/ in the address bar. Login to your Google account. Select the “Hangout” icon from the program matrix, 3rd from the right on the top right-hand corner of the screen.
- Now it is time to try a video call! If you are using a laptop then you can use the built-in camera and microphone. If you are using a standalone PC then you will need to connect a webcam and a microphone (a headset is the easiest for a test).
- Click the video call button in the centre of the screen of the hangout page. Search for “Robert Coombes” (the one with the jacket and tie icon) or search “Spacelink l” and select “Robert Coombes” and call. If I am online I will answer. The call does not need to be answered for you to see video from your webcam or to see an “invite people” box. If you do not see either of these, you may have “firewall” or security problems. Check this out with your IT technicians or IT department. You may need to ask them to enable the use of “hangouts” or to make firewall port changes. Technical information on this can be found on http://support.google.com/a/answer/1279090?hl=en.
- If you need any support at this stage please do not hesitate to email mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check the Video and Photography policy below – we will presume you accept this unless we hear otherwise from you.
- You will see an application form at the bottom of this page. Please fill this in and we will make contact with you either by email or phone.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Spacelink Learning Foundation Video and Photography policy
Schools who taking part interactively in a “Hangout” or “Skype” event run by Spacelink, must be aware that the content may be streamed and/or recorded and then made available for viewing via YouTube or similar video sharing sites. All schools who wish to use a webcam or other video capturing device as part of the event is responsible for the content provided by them. Please ensure that all necessary permissions have been granted before taking part. Spacelink will follow NSPCC guidelines in the use of any video content but will assume that all required permissions have been granted for all the content provided by or recorded in schools taking part in any activity organised by them. Spacelink will not be held responsible for any action taken regarding the video or photographic content taken in or provided by schools.
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