This STEAM workshop was presented by Helen Schell, a Sunderland based artist and an ESERO-UK Space Ambassador.
Space Camp UK (@SpaceCampUK) is a new national programme for primary school children of all ages. The aim is to give them the opportunity of spending a few days dedicated to learning about space topics through hands-on science and art activities using STEAM methods. The children also get a chance to camp overnight in their schools through the wonderful equipment provided by the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the SHINE Trust, which if funding the entire programme over a couple of years.
Helen Schell was invited, on behalf of SunSpaceArt, to present an hour long art and space science activity to 25 teachers. They were given a Powerpoint presentation showing her space themed artworks about the Sun and the Moon with a selection of primary school projects to get the ideas flowing. The fold-out and pop-up cards and books give them, and subsequently the children, the opportunity to express space science and images quickly. This allows the development of bigger projects later on. The Moon was also included because of the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the Apollo Landing next year. Also, the children respond very well to this topic as well as the Sun. The teachers were all given copies of the Science & Technologies Facilities Council, STFC, brochures and activity booklets – the Sun, Hands on the Moon, Hands on the Universe and Space Rocks, which can be ordered by the schools on the STFC website.
Dr Lorraine Coghill from the Ogden Trust, Durham University, organised the involvement of 36 schools from the north east region, which are part of a total of 60 schools from around the country. Amanda Poole is the overall organiser for the Space Camp UK events and is still seeking schools for this year and next. The CPD was held at Ushaw College, near Durham, which is a wonderful old building in country park landscape.
The SunSpaceArt team first run a workshop at a Space Camp at Shrublands Primary School, Leamingtom Spa, in December 2016. This involved printing and was led by Dr Helen Mason, solar scientist and Clare Dudeney, artist.
Further information about the Space Camp UK project is available from: Amanda Poole, Space Camp UK Coordinator.