In recognition of the support, advice, guidance and generosity that Dr Norman White gave to Spacelink, the Foundation offers an annual prize for schools completing a set challege.
Deadline for submissions: 5 April 2019
Entrants much be yr3 – yr6 (or equivalent age)
3 x £500 Prizes
In July 2019 we will see the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing by the Apollo 11 mission. It was the spaceflight that landed the first two people on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Michael Collins was left alone to pilot the command module Columbia, while they were on the Moon’s surface.
Currently there are several countries, including a possible partnership between Russia and the USA and China and Europe, who are aiming to set up a base on the Moon in your lifetime. If you follow a STEM career then you may be one of the scientists or engineers who are involved in the many challenges of designing and creating a Moon base.
Your challenge is to:
Projects may include creative report writing, art, designing or construction. Judging will be by a panel of experts.
Credit will be awarded for:
Quality of production
Projects may be submitted as:
School Club Project
Must be completed and submitted by Friday April 5th 2019.
Winners will be notified by Friday 26th April 2019.
The projects may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to:
Spacelink LF, PO Box 133, LIPHOOK, Surrey, GU30 9BL.
Any models or construction projects need not be sent but a number of good photographs or short videos of them should be submitted. These may be prints or appropriate links to, for example: WeTransfer, google drives or YouTube videos.
Spacelink reserve the right to publish any submitted project in line with our policy of sharing good practice.
Schools who taking part must be aware that the content may be photographed, 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.
An amazing awards ceremony was held at University College London on 31/03/2017. This was an exciting evening not only for the students but for all those present, as the Awards were presented by Spacelink’s Patron Dr Helen Sharman OBE.
Anita Heward – Trustee, Robert Coombes Operation Director and William Dunn – Education Ourtreach represented Spacelink. Prof. Jonathon Tennison FRS – Head of Physics & Astronomy, Prof Giovanna Tinetti, Dr Marcell Tessenyi represented UCL and the Twinkle project. Dr Laura Mckemmish Leader of the ORBYTES project (Edu-twinkle) skyped in from Australia. Also present was her team of PhD student mentors: Katy Chubb, Tom Rivilin and Jack Baker. These student mentors were responsible for leading and supporting the students teams in schools.
Plus of course the all-important students from: Highams Park School, Westminster City Schools and another ORBYTES project school Highgate School.
The event was given a lively start, with a live Skype introduction, from Australia, about the Twinkle project and ORBYTES given by Laura Mckemmish. This was followed by some awesome presentations from the students on their areas of research. The knowledge and technical expertise shown by them was unbelievable.
An inspiring talk was then given by Helen Sharman about living in space. Her talk was animated, very engaging and really exciting. An important theme that came through the talk, and from answers to questions afterwards, was the importance of the sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and indeed all STEM subjects. Robert Coombes then gave a brief outline about Spacelink and the Norman White Award and told the students how incredible they were.
Helen presented the Norman White Award Certificates to the winning schools and ORBYTES certificates to the other students attending.
Team photographs after the Awards