Space@Home is a community project all about stars and space…developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Aimed at children aged 8 to 14, plus their families and carers, the Space@Home: Stars Activity Pack brings star-themed, interactive activities right into the homes of the most vulnerable and at-risk in Hastings, St Leonards and the surrounding villages

Working with local foodbanks, church groups and mentoring charities, we’re able to deliver these FREE to families in crisis due to COVID-19. This project is built on the success of our Space@TheStade public engagement events and was made possible by generous funding from the Foreshore Trust. It will run from September 2020 for an initial three month period.

Every pack contains the following resources…

Little Book of Stars

Written and designed by Space Science Communicator, Melanie Davies from Creative Space, this Little Book of Stars is packed with fun facts about stars – from ‘How the Sun Works’ to ‘Stellar Recycling’. With easy-to-follow text and graphics, plus Star Maps for all Seasons, this A5, 16 page booklet is a perfect introduction to stars and constellations. The booklet encourages families to go outside in the dark and look skywards, as well as signposting children to online space activities through QR codes.

Stars Activity Sheets

Produced by Creative Space, these Stars Activity Sheets are a collection of Melanie’s favourite hands-on activities… all about stars. This A4, 8 page activity booklet contains full, easy-to-follow instructions (adapted from Space@TheStade activities with some new ones thrown in). Plus, each task includes a list of all the things you’ll need to be able to do the activity at home (or in your nearest park). Eight activities are included, of varying difficulty… a little help or support might be needed to do some of them.

VR Headset

A major part of the Space@Home project is the VR Headset. In normal times we’d be offering free planetarium shows as part of our Space@TheStade events, but with COVID-19, we needed to bring the planetarium experience right into people’s homes. It’s a cardboard headset (think Google Cardboard) designed to take a mobile phone loaded with awesome planetarium apps to create a virtual planetarium. If you’d like to buy your own, you can buy cheap ones on eBay, then look for astro apps with the symbol below.

Google Cardboard icon image

Star Maps

We created these Star Maps as part of the Little Book of Stars. They help you navigate the night sky with constellations, asterisms, and some famous stars. Plus, you can use the maps to do some star hopping – using bright stars to help you find other interesting celestial objets. The maps show you what’s in the sky looking north and south in all seasons. You can either download all of the Little Book of Stars above, or just the star maps here.

Little Book of The Big Bang

A comic-book-style, 16 page booklet about the Large Hadron Collider at Cern and how we use it to help answer fundamental questions about the Big Bang and the start of everything! These have been kindly donated by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

The Sun

A full colour broadsheet that opens up to an A2 poster; learn how the Sun was born, about space weather, and how seasons and eclipses work. These have been kindly donated by the Science & Technology Facilities Council, part of UK Research and Innovation.

“Really great for Hastings. Informative and fun. Come again!”

Anon, Space@TheStade: The Spectrum of Space, Stade Hall

Let’s do this together

As with all of our public engagement and community projects, the Space@Home project is only possible through funding and the generous support of partners, contributors and volunteers. If you can help in any way, please get in touch.