EO Detective

Investigating the Earth from Space

About EO Detective

Boy looking at map and image on tablet

Credit: CAF/NCEO

Tim Peake taking a selfie on a spacewalk

In December 2015 Tim Peake became the first British ESA astronaut to fly to the ISS. The UK Space Agency and European Space Agency put together a comprehensive education and outreach programme spanning a broad range of subjects and age ranges, aiming to use the Principia mission to enthuse children and raise awareness of careers in the space industry.

As part of this programme, the National Centre for Earth Observation created the EO Detective materials. Further funding was received from the Natural Environment Research Council, which was celebrating 50 years of operation in 2016.

The classroom activities introduce primary and secondary students to earth observation by providing teachers with satellite data, astronaut photographs and ideas about how to use these in their lessons.

3 children discuss picture of the river Severn. The activity 'Watching a glacier' is on the screen.

We also ran a competition to give children around the UK the opportunity to win a photograph taken especially for them from the ISS. There were around a thousand entries brimming with interesting ideas on how to use space-based photographs. The winners have been announced and are to attend a prize-giving ceremony at The National Space Centre in Leicester on 1 October 2016.

Following the success of EO Detective we have received further funding from UK Space Agency to design additional materials. These include activities with a careers focus and others that will be suitable for younger children and for use outside the classroom.

The teaching materials are available from ESERO-UK‘s dedicated page for resources related to Tim Peake’s mission.

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