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Experience a Moon Landing Coding Adventure this World Space Week

In 1999 the UN General Assembly declared that each year October 4-10 would be dedicated as World Space Week. The week was chosen to celebrate the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct 4 1957 and the singing of the 'Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies' (😅) on Oct 10, 1967

This year, the theme of World Space Week is.....'Space and Entrepreneurship.'

Over the past decade, the UK has seen a significant investment in the commercial space industry with spaceports and hubs opening, or in construction, across the nations. Last year we celebrated the achievements of Space Port Cornwall as they launched the Launcher One rocket from carrier plane, Cosmic Girl. The mission wasn't a complete success however, it was still a significant 'first' for the UK and paves the way for further growth and backing for future launches.

With continuing investment in the industry the UK aims to see the following ports and hubs fully operational by the end of 2024:

  1. Spaceport 1

  2. Space Hub Sutherland

  3. SaxaVord UK Spaceport

  4. Spaceport Machrihanish

  5. Glasgow Prestwick

  6. Spaceport Snowdonia

For more information on the UK investment in space, read the UK Gov report: A guide to UK spaceports

World Space Week 2023 offers the perfect opportunity for school children to not only look back to past successes in space exploration but also to the future. More significantly, this is an opportunity to excite and ignite their own potential within in the industry.

And, designed to do exactly that, our Moon Landing Coding Adventure for 5-9 year-olds covers the KS1 and KS2 computing curriculum key terms and is the ideal STEM activity to tie into World Space Week!

About the Moon Landing Coding Adventure

By working together with ‘Professor’ Trice and AL the Robot, children will learn to design, write, test and debug algorithms on this adventure.

Their mission is to program AL the Robot to get her safely onto a Saturn V rocket, ready to launch her to the moon. But will they be successful in getting her on board?

Designed to be run in one of the three formats; fully remote, live on-line intro with virtual show, and an in-person theatre show, the Moon Landing Coding Adventure introduces algorithms and how they are implemented as programs with children designing, writing and debugging their own to complete the mission whilst delivered in a fun and interactive way!

Not all children have the same access to tech learning opportunities or the same levels of support. Through our unique, award-winning approach to STEM learning, which is inclusive of gender, ethnic diversity, and educational needs, our fun, interactive Coding Adventure uses storytelling and performance, seeing children as the stars of the show.

And, what's more, peppered throughout the show are references to key figures in the world of space exploration and coding. We pay as much focus to Neil Armstrong and Micheal Collins as we do Katherine Johnson and Margaret Hamilton, highlighting that all children can aspire to a career in space!

Will your school embark on a Moon Landing Coding Adventure this World Space Week and beyond? Book your show via:

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