Dundee to Inspire Next Generation of Space Entrepreneurs
Published on 5 March 2019
Dundee Science Centre is to inspire the next generation of space entrepreneurs after landing a national grant to bring the latest space science to families and schoolchildren across the area.
Following on from the huge success of the Destination Space programme, the UK Space Agency is now supporting the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres to create new space resources aimed at inspiring visitors, communities and school pupils with the exciting science and engineering of future space missions.
The ‘Destination Space 2’ funding will allow Dundee Science Centre to deliver activities until March 2021, covering topics such as UK spaceports and space launchers, the new James Webb Space Telescope, the ExoMars mission and innovative ways to use data from satellites. The exciting programme will also cover this summer’s celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing, and looking at how the Moon might feature in future space exploration.
Amanda Dobrowski, STEM Learning Officer at Dundee Science Centre said, “Destination Space has been an invaluable part of the programmes we present here at Dundee Science Centre. We look forward to engaging current and new audiences with exciting space science and the space industry here in the UK. We anticipate this project will bring more interest and awareness to the variety of opportunities available in the space industry to our communities.”
Destination Space is the national STEM programme created and run by ASDC and funded by the UK Space Agency. The first phase of the national programme ran from 2014 to 2017, engaging a staggering 914,646 children and adults throughout the UK.
This new 2.5 year programme aims to make a strategic step-change nationally in sharing cutting-edge space science and engineering with children, families and the public more widely. It builds on all the training, knowledge and enthusiasm for space science in science centres across the UK, enabling delivery of these amazing space activities into the future.
Dr Penny Fidler, the CEO of ASDC and Programme Director of Destination Space said, “This is such an exciting time for space in the UK. We have spaceports being built here in the next few years, we play a world-leading role in building our own satellites and brilliant new ideas to use the satellite data are being thought up all the time, and to top it off we have the Mars mission in two years’ time. We are delighted to be sharing all these latest innovations with children, families and the public across the UK, and rather hoping we might inspire the next round of UK space entrepreneurs.”
Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at UK Space Agency added, “Our £50 million spaceflight programme is a key part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. The space sector is growing fast and we’ll need 30,000 more people to join it over the next decade to meet our ambitions for growth. In partnership with the UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres (ASDC), the UK Space Agency will bring the latest space science to children and families across the UK and help inspire the next generation of space scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs.”
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