National Space Centre

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Please contact the museum directly if you would like to take part. A link to the session and booking  details are at the top of each workshop. (Details correct as of July 2017 and may be subject to change)

Virtual Classroom is a great way to bring the National Space Centre to your school and doesn’t necessarily require much equipment. With just a webcam, microphone, computer and a broadband connection, your students can work together to complete challenges and evacuate residents in danger, all coordinated through our Mission Commanders here at the National Space Centre.

Once you have booked your mission date they will arrange a free test connection to ensure your video conference runs smoothly.


Operation Montserrat

The island of Montserrat in the Caribbean is currently the most dangerous place on Earth. There is a hurricane reported on course to hit the island and the volcano on the island is threatening to erupt. Students will need to form an Emergency Response Team to help monitor the volcano and hurricane and to evacuate the residents away from the danger zones.

This programme is an exciting cross curricular activity covering Geography, Maths, Communication, Team Building and many other embedded skills. It works best with Key Stages 3 and 4, and can be differentiated for sixth formers.

Free e-Mission teacher training sessions for Operation Montserrat are available. These are an excellent opportunity for a group of teachers (minimum 10) – most of whom should be from different schools – to sample an e-Mission Operation Montserrat first hand and to see what it would be like in the classroom. These training sessions can be arranged in your school for either a morning or an afternoon (about 3 hours).

Alternatively if you need a refresher, or there is just one or two of you that are interested to have some training, we can do this with you over the video link when we carry out the test connection. This can be done after school or at a time to suit you.

Although the cost of this programme is £300 + VAT,  please remember that it actually takes place within your own classroom at a time to suit your time-table and there is no need for costly coach travel and last of all no risk assessments to carry out!


Operation Space Station

Operation Space Station is a highly interactive video conference. Students get the chance to interact with the Commander from the National Space Centre who will set them two different – but very related – challenges.

They will complete these challenges by building their own Space Station and then decide which crew and equipment best supports their mission. This will be done with limited budgets and time constraints.

The students will have to work as a team (approx 5 to 6 students) to problem solve the best way to build a Space Station, based on the equipment they have. Answer questions and problems that arise during the programme. After they have constructed their Space Station points will be awarded to each team to discover  the overall winning teamof the challenge.

This video conference is suitable for a class of 36 or less.

Running Time: 75 Minutes

Curriculum Links:

Key stage 2

Speaking and listening
En 1 Group discussion and interaction

Handling data Ma 4, 1a

Sc2 Life processes and living things 2b, e, h
Sc4 Physical Processes 2c, b
Design and technology 2d

Key Stage 3

2.1 Practical and enquiry skills
3.3 Organisms, behaviour and health
3.4 The environment, Earth and universe

Design and Technology
1.1 Designing and making
1.3 Creativity
2. Key processes

Earth Moon and Sun

Why do we get night and day? Why does the Moon look different in the sky? In this interactive video conference find out how the Earth, Sun and Moon relate to each other, how we get night and day, why we get phases of the moon and why the Earth experiences seasons. Pre and post materials are available for this video conference.

Suitable for Key Stages KS 2-3

Science – Physical Processes


The solar System

Which is the hottest planet? Will we ever live on Mars? Come with us on a journey through our Solar System as we explore each of the planets. This interactive video conference will take you on a trip to all of the planets and other objects in our Solar System to find out more.

Suitable for Key Stages Upper KS2-3
Science -Physical Processes


Ask the Expert

  • How do you go to the toilet in space?
  • What do Astronauts eat in Space?
  • What training do you need to be an astronaut?
  • What is a black hole?

Have you been asked these questions and not been able to give an in-depth answer? Here is a chance to find out more by linking to the Commander at the National Space Centre. Give your class the opportunity to ask our Team directly, via distance learning. These sessions are interactive and you do not have to leave your classroom!

Students will find out more about space science and space exploration through an interactive live question and answer session using videos and images from space. We will need 20 questions questions from your students sent in advance by e-mail, to our bookings team at least two weeks prior to the event to allow us to prepare your own bespoke session.

For younger students we can also provide a 30 mins session – for this we will require 10 questions, two weeks prior to your video conference.

Suitable for Key Stages Upper KS1-4
Science – Physical Processes


Living and working in space

What is it like living in space? And what about working there? This video conference will answer those and many other questions about how astronauts cope with the pressures of surviving in orbit around the Earth. You will also see a range of artefacts and examples of space hardware. These items are made for manned space flight and some have even flown in space. The presenter talks the students through the equipment, how it is designed to cope with the harsh conditions of Earth orbit and adapted to suit the needs of the astronauts.

Key Stage 2
Sc2 Life Processes and Living Things
Life processes



(Details correct as of July 2017 and may be subject to change)