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Giant Mars and Moon Maps with the Aldrin Family Foundation

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Places are still available for primary schoolteachers in our region to join us and discover more about an exciting space and STEM education initiative that the University of Sunderland is launching with the Aldrin Family Foundation.

Event timetable:

4:30pm - 5pm: Refreshments and networking 
5pm - 5:15pm: Event Welcome: Introducing Dr Andrew Aldrin
5:15pm - 6pm: Live Demonstration: Giant Moon and Mars Maps 
6pm - 6:30pm: Questions & Answers, Next Steps


The live demonstration will be led by Dr Andrew Aldrin, son of lunar astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and Jim Christensen, former Director of Education at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Andrew and Jim will reveal how giant Mars and Moon floor maps can be used to bring the boundless possibilities of space exploration to life for Key Stage Two pupils in the north east.

We have embarked on a first-in-the-UK mission with the Aldrin Family Foundation to acquire sets of the cosmic vinyl maps, to be made available free of charge to primary schools in our region. The maps are fun, interactive and durable resources for 7-11-year-old pupils to learn more about the wonders of space and what it will take to live and thrive on the Moon and Mars. 

Our Outreach Team and Initial Teacher Training students from our School of Education are developing cross-curricular resources and activities for an in-school programme. We will use the innovative maps to inspire pupils about the challenges and opportunities of a new era of space exploration, whilst sparking their creativity and cultivating an enthusiasm for real-world STEM-based concepts. 

Please complete our online booking form by the end of Tuesday 29th November to guarantee up to two places for the event. Venue and free parking details will then follow.