Sunday, 15 March 2015

Media Space Ideas Hack 2015: Space to Earth Challenge

Yesterday, Space Studio students Josh, Matthew and Feng traveled to London to take part in the Ideas Hack event for the Space to Earth Challenge, organised by the The Ideas Foundation, Venture Thinking and the British Triathlon Trust.

Feng, Matt and Josh getting ready for the day's events
The aim of the day was to develop ideas for an inspirational programme of activities based around British astronaut Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Tim Peake is the first British citizen to become a European Space Agency astronaut and is currently training for his Principia mission which will take him to the ISS in November this year. The name of the mission refers to British scientist Sir Isaac Newton’s famous text: Naturalis Principia Mathematica, describing the principal laws of motion and gravity.

Since Tim will be staying on the ISS for 6 months he will need to exercise for two hours a day to combat the effects of microgravity on his body. Tim wants as many students as possible to join the challenge in any way that they can, this could include running, swimming, cycling, climbing or dancing the distance from Earth to the ISS.

Astronaut Tim Peake
Image credit: NASA
Our students made a valuable contribution to the day's discussions, helping the team to consider the types of activities that might engage young people of their age group. During the day they had the opportunity to think creatively, present their ideas, develop their teamwork skills and meet experts in the fields of technology and design.

Exchanging ideas
Thinking about engaging young people
Bringing together some of the ideas from the day
The students also had the opportunity to meet and chat to writer, Lucy Hawking. Lucy is the author of a number of science based adventure stories aimed at young readers and is the daughter of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. Lucy brought along the flight suit that her father wore on his zero gravity flight in 2007 and Josh had the opportunity to try it on for size!

Josh wearing Stephen Hawking's zero-G suit!
At the Space Studio we are all looking forward to following Tim's mission and to taking part in the Space to Earth Challenge!

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