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Guest blog: Principia Schools Conferences

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After much anticipation, the Principia Schools Conferences took place on 2 and 5 November 2016.


This was the culmination of many months of preparation by our Education Team, the Education Partners we worked with, teachers and pupils across the country and by the Universities of York and Portsmouth (who were integral in hosting the events)! Finally, the time had arrived to showcase the fantastic work from children across the UK in recognition of Tim Peake’s Principia mission.

We saw presentations, posters, 3D models, songs and dances, all in some way connected to the Principia mission. Experts from the space industry as well as teaching and education professionals chairing and watching sessions were astounded at the high quality of presentations. The work, confidence and enthusiasm shown by the children were inspiring.

The poster galleries were just as impressive with photos, drawings, banners, and 3D models of planets, spaceships and a few extra Tim’s!

The highlight of everyone’s day was the moment they met the real Tim Peake. Even with his extremely busy post-mission schedule, Tim made it a priority to come to both Schools Conference venues. Despite there being over 400 children present on each day, he visited each group and met every child – mission accomplished!

To read the rest of the blog, head over to the UK Principia website.

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  1. Comment by Charlotte Smith posted on

    I think it is important that children learn about space and astronomy but also the "mechanics" of space flight and spacecraft design, even building the ISS. It is the future. Humanity is looking now at human spaceflight to Mars and finally building that elusive Moonbase! If the UK are to succeed in space, particuarly post Brexit, then we need more educational studies like this, and i would recommend this is on the national curriculm as well.

    Space really is The Final Frontier! But it is our children and grandchildren who will carry the torch for those born when Man landed on the Moon and then stalled. To Infinity And Beyond!!!!


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