More chances for school kids to hold a meteorite, with STFC

The programme responsible for 'Borrow the Moon', allowing UK schoolchildren to hold a piece of outer space in their hands, has undergone a big revamp

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has been working with the National Space Academy to update their ‘Borrow the Moon’ kit, which is now available to be loaned to schools.

These packs feature samples of rock brought back from the moon by NASA’s Apollo mission astronauts, as well as a meteorite from Mars. Since the update, the packs also include a meteorite hunters’ kit, a new teacher planning pack, and new web-based resources and online support videos for age groups from primary to secondary.

The number of kits available to schools has increased from four to six.

STFC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Brian Bowsher, said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity to young people. It is not often they will be able to see close-up, and actually touch, such important fragments of science history.

“Samples like these are vital in teaching us more about our solar system, allowing us to turn theories into fact. We hope this experience will encourage the students to take up a career in science.”

STFC is the only authorised source for the loan of the Apollo lunar samples to educational or scientific organisations within the United Kingdom. Packages are available free of charge to schools, including special security delivery/collection.

The process of applying for the new kit remains the same, with more information available here