What is World Space Week?
World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:
- October 4th, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
- October 10th, 1967: The signing 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.
This years’ theme is “Satellites Improve Life”. This year’s event will be focusing on the impact of satellites in our daily lives. Quote: “More than sixty years after launching the first human-made satellite, there is no denying that this technology has impacted life for everyone on this planet. From monitoring weather patterns, to live broadcasting news and events, or simply locating your lost smartphone through GPS technology. One couldn’t imagine life without satellites anymore. The association’s board wants to recognise this by dedicating next year’s World Space Week theme to them”.
If you’re looking for some inspiration to help make this topic more fun and engaging for the children, why not add a splash of creativity to a section of the classroom.
An exciting opportunity for both teachers and students is to participate in a workshop. As Creatives provide a whole range of workshops all based around space; as well as this year’s theme. Interplanetary Tours, Messages From Space, The Race Into Space, A Visit From Neil Armstrong and new this year Satellite Science; these are just a selection of workshops which they provide.
As well as workshops, there are also a multitude of worldwide events going on. From Argentina to Saudi Arabia, all throughout Space Week there are events and other workshops-some virtual and some distanced. Have a look here to look at all that is on offer.
In preparation for Space Week we have been hard at work revamping the Space content on our site and adding a bunch of new resources; covering a multitude of subjects for all year groups ranging from EYFS, KS1 as well as KS2.
Take a look here to see all of our newest resources that we have added into our Space Topic Tag.
Below we have a select few of our new resources
We hope that this blog has given you some inspiration. Tag us on our Social Media pages with pictures of your class enjoying our new resources and let us know in the comments below how you helped your school celebrate Space Week – They may even be added into the Topic Calendar.