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External Evaluation of the Tim Peake Primary Project

Corcoran, Su and McNicol, Sarah (2019) External Evaluation of the Tim Peake Primary Project. Project Report. STEM Learning.

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This report details the external evaluation of ESERO-UK’s Tim Peake Primary Project (TPPP), which ran in 1,400 UK primary schools from 2015-2017, and used Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station (ISS) to promote space as a cross-curricular context for teaching science, literacy and numeracy. Delivered by the European Space Education Resource Office in the UK (ESERO-UK), and funded by the UK Space Agency and the Department for Education, with further support from the European Space Agency, the project delivered continuing professional development (CPD), resources and support from specially trained Space Ambassadors (SA) to teachers. The TPPP aimed to increase teachers’ confidence in teaching space-related topics, and consequently their engagement with enquiry-based teaching and learning in science, in order to increase pupils’ confidence and enthusiasm for STEM activities linked to space. This report was produced by Su Lyn Corcoran and Sarah McNicol from the Education and Social Research Institute at Manchester Metropolitan University.

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