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STFC offering greater chances for pupils to hold a meteorite

The free scheme, allowing UK schoolchildren to hold a piece of outer space in their hands, has undergone a major revamp

Posted by Julian Owen | January 17, 2018 | Teaching

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has been working with the National Space Academy to update their ‘Borrow the Moon’ kit, which is now available to be loaned to schools.

The packs feature samples of rock brought back from the moon by NASA Apollo mission astronauts, as well as a meteorite from Mars. Since the update, the packs include a new meteorite hunters' kit, a new teacher planning pack, and new web-based resources and online support videos for age groups from primary to secondary.

The number of kits available to schools has also increased from four to six.

STFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brian Bowsher, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity to young people. It is not often they will be able to see close-up, and actually touch, such important fragments of science history.

Samples like these are vital in teaching us more about our solar system, allowing us to turn theories into fact. We hope this experience will encourage the students to take up a career in science.”

STFC is the only authorised source for the loan of the Apollo lunar samples to educational or scientific organisations within the United Kingdom. The packages are available free of charge to schools, including special security delivery/collection.

The process of applying for the new kit, plus further information, can be found here.

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