Our Space Our Future

Our Space Our Future is a Horizon2020 European funded Project that aims to foster the interest of young students in space-related topics.

Who are we? The project consortium consists of 5 countries and 8 partners who all work closely together.

Cardiff University is the Coordinator of the project. Wendy Sadler, Senior Lecturer at School of Physics of Astronomy leads the project as Principle Investigator, supported by Prof Paul RocheDr Sophie Barlett is the expert evaluator and Dr Becky Williams acts as the Project Manager.

Science Made Simple is an award-winning STEM outreach company based in Wales, with a track record of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers and working as a bridge between researchers and the public.

Psiquadro is a non-profit enterprise aimed at developing public engagement actions focused on science and research through events, outreach activities and creative science communication formats. They are based in Perugia, Italy.

Planetarium Denmark has the biggest dome theatre in northern Europe with prize-winning exhibitions. Their purpose is to communicate astronomy, astrophysics, spaceflight and space technology to a wider public through hands-on workshops, guided tours, science shows, and talks in the Dome.

NUCLIO, based in Portugal, is a non-profit institution dedicated to outreach and science education, with a focus in astronomy. Their mission is to promote innovation and development in education in a student-centered approach.

Explorer Dome is a science outreach SME based in South West, UK. They reach out to 50,000 children and adults across the UK every year, providing exciting, engaging and positive experiences with space sciences for all.

EUSEA is an international community of public engagement professionals, science festival and science event organisers based in Austria but with outreach workers all over Europe.

EIT Climate-KIC is a knowledge and innovation community established and funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) with the purpose of tackling climate change through innovation. Although their base is in London, they have offices all over Europe.

Our Aims  Space is closer than we think, and we do not need a rocket to reach it. At Our Space we have developed a set of tools and activities to engage with students at early ages and show them how space impacts their daily life, even though we might not be aware of it. Each delivery partner will target 10 schools, engaging with over 15,000 students, 500 teachers and the wider community. The impact evaluation we aim to perform will provide valuable evidence on our multiple intervention approach.

Working hand in hand with teachers Our team is comprised of science teachers, communicators and designers that understand the daily pace and struggles of educators, helping them develop attractive, effective curriculums that engage their students in the best ways possible.

We think that space is one of the most awe-inspiring topics there is, both for students and teachers. It covers almost every aspect of life, allowing us to develop interdisciplinary activities that raise their interest in STEM subjects.

Fostering space careers among young students Space is a stable growing sector, that provides many career opportunities for young students. However, few young people consider pursuing a career in a space. We want to inspire our students, guiding them towards new paths they didn’t know were available.

“This  project  has  received  funding  from  the  European  Union’s  Horizon  2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 821871”