Canvas goes into orbit

Virtual learning environment Canvas is launching a ‘space programme’™ in order to promote its launch into schools across the UK

Instructure, the creators of the Canvas virtual learning environment (VLE) has launched of its ‘Canvas Space Programme’ to mark its expansion into UK schools this autumn. Instructure opened its London office in March and now has 41 EMEA universities, colleges and schools using Canvas, including the University of Birmingham and the King Alfred School, London.

As part of its launch into schools in the UK and Ireland, Instructure is giving away 10 space kits to 10 schools. The Canvas Space Programme offers select pupils the opportunity to embark on their own scientific exploration and capture footage and data of the earth with a miniature space capsule. The data it collects includes temperature, pressure, wind speed, altitude, latitude and longitude. Collecting this data enables a classroom to connect with the upper atmosphere.

Canvas says that they will provide winning participants with “everything they need to send a capsule to space, including a flight computer, a state-of-the-art camera, a GPS, a parachute and a space blanket (Martian defence ray not included)”.

Kenny Nicholl, director EMEA at Canvas, commented: “We’re really excited to be launching our education software into schools, and what better way to celebrate than with space kits? Canvas is always looking for new ways to engage learners and our ‘Space Programme’ aims to achieve this by bringing pupils’ knowledge of science and technology to life. Innovation is at the heart of what we do, and as we look to inspire bright young minds, Canvas is eager to see the results of our space missions.”

To apply for a space kit and become part of the Canvas Space Programme, teachers are invited to submit a 60-second video with their class, telling Instructure why they should win. The submission deadline is 12th January 2015 and entries can be made via the website.