The National Space Centre is an education charity that gets people excited about space and helps develop the next generation of scientists and engineers.
Based in Leicester, it runs a highly interactive science centre that welcomes 330,000 visitors a year; 90,000 of whom are students and teachers in formal school groups. An additional 10,000 GCSE, BTEC and A level students and 1,000 teachers a year across the UK receive intensive support via the National Space Academy, and 30 join the post-16 Space Engineering course that provides a pathway to university, higher apprenticeships and employment. This will be joined in 2021 by a parallel course in Immersive Design & Development for those approaching science and engineering via an interest in the creative arts and IT.
The Commission's Special Award programme is helping engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and, in time, support them onto pathways like these that would otherwise prove unobtainable.
The National Space Centre team is so grateful for 1851’s support. There are young people in society who don’t have the means to engage in education provision that others take for granted, and helping us get out into community venues with exciting space content is already proving successful. The programme will ultimately provide formal education pathways that will change lives: there are exciting times ahead!
Chief Executive, National Space Centre