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UK Space Agency to hold Principia Schools Conferences

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UK Space Agency to hold Principia Schools Conferences

The UK Space Agency is organising two conferences for school pupils in November 2016. The conferences will give young people the opportunity to present their work, linked to Tim Peake’s Principia mission, to leading experts from industry and education.

The conferences will be held at the University of Portsmouth on Wednesday 02 November and the University of York on Saturday 05 November. The days will include keynote talks from leading figures, presentations from the students, exhibition of the students’ work and the opportunity to meet and talk to experts from the space industry and the Principia education programmes.

British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will be in attendance at both events, subject to operational requirements.

In addition to the conference days, each University will also be hosting an accompanying day of workshops and talks, which participants can also attend. The conferences will be free of charge, with travel bursaries available to help schools with the cost of travelling to the venues.

How to Apply

Individuals or groups of young people of school age are able to apply, through a competitive process, to come to the conferences and present/exhibit their work by submitting a summary of their project(s) or work. A judging panel, made up of representatives from some of the Principia education projects, will select those that demonstrate high levels of commitment, dedication and creativity. Some or all of the pupils involved in the projects will be invited to attend one of the conferences.

There is no limit on the size of group that submits an application (it could be an individual, a small group, an extracurricular group, a class, a whole school etc.), but if the application is successful, a maximum of 6 children with up to 2 accompanying adults will be able to attend.

Applications can take any physical form (including written, oral, video, artwork, models, photographs etc.) and could cover any area, such as scientific experiments, art projects, whole school projects, special events, or community outreach. The applications should communicate what work has been done, what was learnt by doing the work and why this should be shared with an audience at the conferences.

Full details of the application process and the application form can be found on the Principia website.