Teachers urged to use space science to spice up their curriculum

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TEACHERS are invited to an event at NETPark in Sedgefield to learn how space science can help add excitement to the curriculum.

The first of three continuing professional development sessions as part of the NETPark Brainwave programme, the full day event will show attendees how cutting edge space technology can capture pupil's interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) lessons. The session on March 20 is organised by Business Durham, the business gateway for Durham County Council, and the Science Learning Centre North East.

Teachers attending will start the day by hearing about the effect of space travel on the human body, delivered by senior medical advisor to NASA and NETPark Ambassador, Saralyn Mark.

This will be followed by workshops packed with new ideas and resources for teaching STEM subjects and the chance to speak with industry leading scientists and engineers from NETPark companies and the University of Durham.

Dr Vanessa Kind, director of Science Learning Centre North East, Durham University, said: "The workshops will provide excellent opportunities for STEM teachers to develop skills and knowledge which will inspire students to engage in strategically important science, technology, engineering and maths subjects."

Stewart Watkins, Managing Director of Business Durham, said: "Inspiring young people towards a range of careers in science and engineering is essential to the future success of County Durham as a destination for innovation and technology. Working with teachers to show pupils that the cutting edge technology is being researched and developed on their doorstep at NETPark is a great way to achieve that."

Interested teachers can register by ringing 0191 370 6200.

Business Durham and the Science Learning Centre North East are collaborating on three events for teachers at NETPark over the next 12 months including a session on graphene and one around the theme of light.

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