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World Space Week (4-10 October) is a chance to get creative. We’ve put together some great activity ideas that will help young people find out more about space and the possibility of life on other planets

Learning about space can teach us a lot about life here on Earth. Designing and building craft to explore other planets and the solar system requires complex engineering and advanced materials, while thinking about how life might survive on other planets introduces considerations such as how we might cope with limited resources, sustainability and environmental impact.

We’ve recently created a new activity pack in collaboration with the UK Space Agency to support the Scout Astronautics Activity Badge that focuses on these subjects. We hope this great partnership will help to inspire and encourage the next generation of space scientists and engineers. The pack contains a range of ideas to inspire young people about space exploration and our solar system. Why not try the two below?

1. Build a model spacecraft

Visit the links below to download and print paper ‘cut out and build’ models and instructions of European Space Agency rockets as well as examples of space telescopes and even the International Space Station.

  • Cassini-Huygens, SOHO, GAIA, Ariane rockets and more
  • James Webb Space Telescope
  • Herschel Space Telescope
  • Hubble Space Telescope 
  • Venus Express 
  • International Space Station

2. Design a future space colony

One day it might be possible for humans to live in space, either in orbit in huge satellite cities or on the surface of other planets and moons. But what would it take for life to survive there? Draw or build your own space colony. Think about what facilities would be needed for us to breathe in hostile atmospheres. We’d also need access to water, construction materials, energy, transportation, communications, life support, simulated gravity and radiation protection. Let your imagination run wild while thinking scientifically about possible solutions to these problems.

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World Space Week blog | Day 1: Scouts in Space

World Space Week blog | Day 2: Up, up and away

World Space Week blog | Day 3: Rocket power

World Space Week blog | Day 4: Look to the stars

Astronautics is just one of an amazing array of activities open to Scouts. Find out more about what we do.

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