The ESERO-UK project aims to enhance and support STEM teaching and learning in the UK by using space as a context.

The ESERO-UK office is jointly funded by the European Space Agency (ESA), the Department for Education (DfE), UK Space Agency (UK SA), and STFC (Science & Technology Facilities Council). Its objectives are to:

  • Share good practice and teaching and learning resources nationally and internationally with teachers and college lecturers;
  • Continue to develop ESERO-UK as the first point of contact for the education and space communities when seeking information about space education and careers;
  • Raise the profile of ESA and the UK space community with schools and colleges.

Key deliverables:

  1. Ensure that ESERO-UK is the ‘go-to’ place for educational resources for schools and teachers seeking information about space.
  2. Provide direct support to schools and colleges through the established network of space education ambassadors across the UK.
  3. Promote ESA missions with UK schools and colleges, maximising all opportunities to extend the reach and impact of the ESERO programme.

As an integral element of the National STEM Centre’s offer to schools, the ESERO-UK site will maximise all opportunities available to extend the knowledge and understanding of space across the breadth of STEM education. ESERO’s collection of high quality, up-to-date teaching and learning resources will be further developed via the National STEM Learning Centre’s eLibrary and its physical collection of UK space education resources.

Basic information

Country: United Kingdom

Coordinator: National STEM Learning Centre,

Programme: Other

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Target groups: primary school students, secondary school students, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Aeronautics, Astronomy, Education

Start year: 2008

End year: 2017


Contact person: Tom Lyons, enquiries (ат)

This collection contains case studies and evaluation studies from work funded by or associated with ESERO-UK. ESERO-UK is the European Space Education Resource Office, otherwise known as the UK Space Education Office.


  • has a collection of hundreds of online teaching resources, hosted on the National STEM Centre website. These resources are quality assured and freely available. They range from age 5 to 18 and include topics such as the solar system, astronomy, human spaceflight, satellites and rockets, and link in to curriculum topics from mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, computing and technology.
  • has a website with space related news and events relevant for teachers of all ages.
  • run the UK CanSat Competition for schools.
  • run the Space Education Quality Mark for schools, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council.
  • host a Tim Peake web page dedicated to the teaching resources and activities linked in to ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station, in 2015/16.


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