The Planetarium hosts a course of teacher training entitled 'How to hold your own Space Camp'. This course has been developed by our partners at ISSET (International Space School Educational Trust).
The teacher training session is presented in a two day course held at Armagh Planetarium. It will be delivered by one of our education team, all of whom have been trained by ISSET. You will be guided through the comprehensive set of Information and Activity packs provided for the course. This includes a compilation of videos, activities and experiments, which can be run from a laptop and which will be explained to you as you take part in the programme. Feedback from teachers who attended our courses has been very positive as the interactive practical activities are educational, entertaining and engaging.
Space Camp covers a range of topics including:
This includes activities and presentations incorporating mission patches, the Solar System, comparing planets, the size and scale of the Solar System and the constellations in the night sky.
This covers the history of rockets, as well as activities involving making three different kinds of rockets.
Participants also investigate six other methods of achieving flight through practical activities.
International Space Station
This demonstrates different models of the ISS, allowing you to navigate a 3D model on a computer.
Activities include designing your own Mars lander and estimationg how much it would cost, building a Mars Rover, as well as a role-playing activity looking at the necessities for surviving a crash landing on Mars.
Describes astronaut training and the dangers of space, looking at how space suits function and the difficulties of actually getting to space.
Your Delegate Pack includes enough materials to run a Space Camp for 25 young people.
Teachers can incorporate their training into the curriculum in a number of ways. The course may be run as a five day Space Camp or you may choose to blend it into your present curriculum. Another good use may be for astronomy clubs or as after school activities, allowing a fun and lively method of furthering science education.
Further information can be found by visitng the ISSET website
If you are interested in attending a course, please contact:
Julie Woodcock , ISSET
Or complete the application form on the ISSET website and forward it to the email address above.