Dallas Campbell - STEMFest in Space

9:30 – 9:45

BLAST OFF! With Dallas Campbell

A big welcome from our host Dallas Campbell and an overview of the day

Rocket - STEMFest in Space

9:45 – 10:45

It is Rocket Science!

Investigate rocket power and explore the history of rockets with Dallas and Suzie in this explosive workshop!

Suitable for – all ages

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10:45 – 11:15

The Space Centre 

The National Space Centre has some amazing exhibits including famous spacesuits, rockets, satellites and meteorites. Join Dallas and Suzie on a whistle-stop tour around the centre to find out more…

Suitable for – all ages

Chris Hadfield - STEMFest in Space space suit

11:15 – 11:45

Mars Missions – with Chris Hadfield 

Mars has fascinated humans for many, many years. Find out a little more about various missions to Mars; hear from 3 times Canadian Astronaut and ex commander of the International Space Station, Chris Hadfield as he discusses the red planet, his experiences in space and the qualities needed to be an astronaut; plus find out how to join in a mission and explore Mars next year with Mars Day 2022 – an exciting free virtual event adventure for everyone on Monday 14 March, organised by the UK Space Education Office (ESERO-UK), STEM Learning and the UK Space Agency.

Suitable for – Key Stage 3, 4, 5

Hugh Mortimer - STEMFest in Space

11:45 – 12:15

Hugh Mortimer – Lifecycle of a Space mission

Its not every day you get to peak behind the scenes of the UK’s national space laboratory. Embark on virtual guided tour of the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) where they simulate the conditions of a rocket launch and the environment of space to make sure hardware can survive the journey to space and beyond.

Suitable for – Key Stage 3, 4, 5

Lucinda Offer- Royal Astronomical Society - STEMFest in Space

12:15 – 12:45

Lucinda Offer – Life on Mars?

Ever wondered what life might be like on Mars and whether humans might one day find out? Join Lucinda from the Royal Astronomical Society as she talks about how one day, we might be able to live and work there.

Suitable for – Key Stage 2, 3

Ambassador Philip T. Reeker - STEMFest in Space

12:45 - 13:00

US Ambassador to the UK Philip Reeker

Ambassador Reeker will introduce STEMFest in Space from the U.S  Embassy in London. Talking about this years theme of Women in Space, Ambassador Reeker tells the story of inspirational female American astronaut, Mae Jemison, who followed her dream to become the first black woman to travel into space.

Suitable for – All ages

Sarah Murray - STEMFest in Space

13:00 - 14:00

Sarah Murray – NASA

Sarah faced an uphill battle as a black female trying to establish a career in engineering in the US. We will hear how she ended up in her position, through failures, struggles and ultimately success, with NASA.

Suitable for – Key Stage 3, 4, 5

Andy Aldrin - STEMFest in Space

14:00 - 14:45

Dr. Andy Aldrin – Seeing your dad walk on the moon

Andy joined more than half a billion people watching his father and Apollo 11 land on the moon. Andy will join us to discuss his experience of growing up with an astronaut father, his experiences of space and what it was like to watch that historic moment over 50 years ago!

Suitable for – All ages

Space careers session - STEMFest in Space

14:45 - 15:00

Careers in the Space Industry

Are you interested in a career in space? Well you don’t have to travel too far! The space sector has a huge range of career opportunities available. Find out more from STEM Ambassadors who work in the UK space sector.

Suitable for – Key Stage 3, 4, 5

Jim Christensen - STEMFest in Space

15:00 - 15:30

Jim Christensen – Exploring Space in the classroom

Join Jim as he describes how he uses the Giant Moon and Mars Maps and materials that have been developed for use in the classroom. He will discuss strategies for how the maps can be used as powerful learning tools to meet student needs in multiple subject areas. He will also describe interdisciplinary, problem-based learning activities that are appropriate for both classrooms and homes.

Suitable for – Teacher CPD

Josh Bernstein - STEMFest in Space

15:30 - 16:30

Josh Bernstein and Project Ianos

Join international explorer, Josh Bernstein as he talks about ‘Project Ianos’ a free resource for teachers to use to support student-driven discovery. Project Ianos is a STEM program which consists of digital videos and hands-on learning tools to support student-driven discovery. 

Suitable for – Teacher CPD

Dave Mackay - Virgin Galactic - STEMFest in Space 2021

16:30 - 17:30

Dave MacKay – Virgin Galactic

Dave will broadcast live from New Mexico to talk to young people about his experience of space and his role as chief pilot at Virgin Galactic. Find out more about his career, what inspired him and what it was like to fly founder Richard Branson and three other mission specialists to see first-hand the extraordinary experience Virgin Galactic is creating for future astronauts.

Suitable for – All Ages

Suzie Imber

17:30 - 18:00

Suzie Imber and Dallas Campbell – ‘Train like an Astronaut’

Astronauts need years of training and preparation for their missions to space. Training covers everything from flying, to putting on a spacesuit to conducting experiments all in a different atmosphere! Join in with Dallas as he puts Suzie through some of the training activities!

Suitable for – All ages

Kielder Observatory

18:00 - 19:00

Kielder Observatory – Tour of the night sky

Join Astronomers Adam Shore and Finn Burridge from Kielder Observatory as they take you on a tour of the universe. Learn all about the different astronomical objects that can be seen through telescopes. Using night sky simulation software, they will also explore the night sky to learn about what’s visible for you to observe in your back garden!

Suitable for – All Ages