Mission To Mars: Discovery Education launches school space challenge

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As the first manned mission to Mars draws nearer, UK students are being offered a unique opportunity to join the race to the red planet - by designing a space habitation module for NASA. The challenge – the first of its kind in the UK – has been launched today by Discovery Education as part of a new national STEM education programme: Generation Beyond. Unveiled at the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) in Gloucestershire, the exciting initiative will deliver space exploration resources to UK schools, inspiring the next generation of innovators, explorers and astronauts to pursue STEM careers.

The Generation Beyond programme combines technology and education to bring the science of space into classrooms as never before, equipping today’s pupils to make tomorrow’s missions a reality. Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin has supported every NASA mission to Mars over the last four decades and is currently developing technologies to send humans to deep space in the 2030s. Discovery Education is one of the UK’s leading digital learning services, providing dynamic content which enriches the delivery of STEM education.


Open to Primary school pupils age 9-11, the Generation Beyond Challenge asks students to create a short video, explaining how they would design a habitation module for the first crew to Mars. Pupils can enter individually or as a group, with two £5,000 STEM grants and iPads among the prizes.



“Discovery Education is delighted to be partnering with Lockheed Martin to bring this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to UK schools,” said Lewis Bronze MBE, founder and director of content at Discovery Education UK. “Generation Beyond will bring pupils ever closer to a new era of space exploration, helping teachers to ignite interest in STEM subjects and preparing today’s pupils to lead tomorrow’s innovation and discovery.”


Available at no cost to schools, the Generation Beyond programme includes an online space curriculum for teachers and families, with digital resources such as lesson plans, educator guides and family activities. The dynamic content will introduce a wide variety of STEM-focused careers in space exploration, compare and contrast differences between life in space and on Earth, and illustrate the challenges of a future Mars mission.


Generation Beyond was launched in the US in August 2016, where it has already reached over 1.5 million students.


The UK Generation Beyond Video Challenge is open now and closes on 15th December 2017. Schools should visit www.generationbeyondinschool.co.uk/challenge to enter.

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