The World Association of Technology Teachers is proud to help advertise an exciting competition called 'Edge into Space'  promoted by the International Space School  Educational Trust (ISSET),  in partnership with EDGE , 


Justine Swainson , Project Coordinator provided the following information regarding the competition;


Students have the chance to win an experience of a lifetime, with  a team from  each of the  nine regions of England  winning  the opportunity to  enjoy a fully-funded visit to the USA to explore NASA's Johnson Space Centre in Houston (home to Mission Control and astronaut training ) and Kennedy Space Centre   in Florida , the world's biggest space port and launch site for all  NASA's  human space flights. Students will  work with  astronauts  and space and rocket scientists, participate in  mission simulations and explore the actual hardware at the forefront of today's space exploration. and / or ?


Edge Into Space Competition

Win the Experience of a Lifetime at NASA's Space Centres in the USA

Every entrant will receive a Certificate from an Astronaut

Promote Enterprise through Science and Space


Whilst the competition is ideal for gifted and talented students, we are keen to receive entries from students of all abilities.  Teachers may find the competition useful to motivate engage students who are reluctant to work or to inspire less able students.  It may be that in a whole classes or year groups could be encouraged to enter.  We are also very interested in students getting help and assistance from experts in both science and business.  Every student who enters will receive a certificate from an astronaut.   


Young people are fascinated by the subject of space and previous competitions have proven a huge success. The competition utilizes the inspirational value of space to develop teamwork, enterprise and practical skills. The competition is open to all schools in England for students in years 9 to 12 and 16 and 17 years old students in their first year in college. 


Full details are also on our web site at 



Edge into Space is organised by International Space School  Educational Trust (ISSET) and powered by EDGE a charity campaigning to promote practical learning and a full range of learning pathways to success


What is ‘Edge into Space’?


·        A competition to win an exciting experience of a lifetime at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida and Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

·        An opportunity for students to be creative and enterprising

·        An opportunity for young people to work with experts and representatives from industry and business

·        An opportunity for young people to meet and work with people at the heart of the human space exploration programme



Why is ‘Edge into Space’ important?


·        Young people are fascinated by space and space exploration

·        Many teenagers find school science lessons dull and boring

·        UK has an urgent need to address the shortage of students taking up science and engineering

·        The shortage of scientists and engineers has serious consequences for UK economic growth and development

·        The competition uses the inspirational value of space to develop teamwork, enterprise and practical skills

·        Edge into Space embodies the ‘can do’ spirit that is at the heart of the Edge and ISSET philosophies

·        Not enough young people learn through actually doing

·        Students need increased opportunities to learn from experts



Who can enter?


·        Teams of students from Years 9-12 from any school in England

·        Teams of 16 and 17 year old students who are in their first year at college in England





What do I have to do?


·        Describe a possible real object or process that could be developed either:

To improve space travel,

To improve life in space, or

In space to improve life on earth

·        Form a team

·        See the Edge Into Space details on or  

·        Get help; talk to your teachers, and contact local experts and businesses, see How Do I Contact Experts and Business

·        Complete the on-line entry form

·        Describe your idea by sending to us one or more of the following:

A written description

A booklet

An attachment to an e mail

A video


A PowerPoint demonstration

A web site

Or other format that will convince us about your idea and approach


How many students should be in my team?


Teams should have two, three or four student members


What type of projects can be included?


Teams can choose any topic for their proposals, possible contexts could involve:


·        New forms of travel to space

·        How to improve living in space

·        Aids to surviving in space

·        Future rockets and transport to space

·        Developments in space that benefit life on earth

·        Living on Mars

·        Commercialising space

·        Developing new materials and energy sources

·        Space tourism

·        Producing food technology in space

·        Textiles, space wear and protective clothing

·        How we can look for life in space

·        Communication systems in space

·        Medicines developed in space

·        Crystal and materials developed in space

·        Cell and tissue growth in space

·        Environmental developments from observation of earth from space


What do the judges look for?

  The judges will look at:


·        Your description of the process, object or product

·        How and who it will benefit and how did you investigate this

·        Who are the potential users or consumers

·        Innovation – describe any unique features

·        How would you communicate the benefits

·        How could you market your product/idea

·        A brief outline of the possible costs

·        If you were to advertise this product, which celebrities would you want to use in the campaign

·        How the team worked together and made the most of each others strengths and talents

·        How you worked with experts or business representatives


How do I get help from an expert?


·        Ask your teacher

·        Contact your local Educational Business Partnership.  They are very friendly and helpful. 

You can find your local EBP contact details at:            

·        Contact Alison Saunders at ISSET, on 02920710295 or by e-mail at


What if I need any special or additional resources?


·        Contact Alison Saunders at ISSET, on 02920710295 or by e-mail at


How are the winners selected?


·        Three or four teams from each region will be selected for a National Final on 29th April 2006.

·        Finalists will set out their ideas in a presentation stand and describe them by making a presentation to a selection panel. A winning team will be chosen from each of the nine English regions.


What is the prize?


·        An experience of a lifetime at Kennedy Space Centre, Florida ( launch site for all US manned space missions) and Johnson Space Centre, Houston (the home of Mission Control and Astronaut Training)

·        Opportunity to work with astronauts, rocket engineers and space scientists at the heart of the human space programme, the world’s biggest engineering and science project


When are the key dates?


Closing date for entries                                               3rd March 2006

Finals Day                                                                   29th April 2006

Winners Space Centre Experience                    First two weeks in

July 2006


Where does the final take place?


·        Thinktank at Millennium Point, Birmingham

·        Approved travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for each team selected and an accompanying adult


Do I have to pay anything?


All approved travel and accommodation expenses are paid for finalists

All travel, accommodation, meals, entry fees and insurances are paid for competition winners



How do I enter?


Entries should be posted to:


          Edge into Space Competition


          5 Herbert Terrace,


          CF64 2AH


Or E-mailed to:


Telephone:                    02920 710 295

Fax:                      02920706786



Tell me more about the people behind the competition




·        Was established in 2004 with significant financial resources to develop practical learning and learning through doing in schools and colleges throughout Britain


·        Has established the prestigious Edge Business Awards show casing employers who offer the best practical learning for young people.  Presentations by Jamie Oliver


·        Campaigns for increased acknowledgement of alternative routes for achieving success


·        Believes that education and employers should recognise very different motivations and successes rather than just academic achievement


·        Is looking to increase opportunities for people to learn through ways that suit them to help reach their full potential



·        Edge has established and supports a formidable range of projects that include:

Fashion Awareness Direct

Young Enterprise

Skill City

Sponsoring 15 Graduates

A Learner Forum

Educational research

Hackney Trailblazers

Future Chef 2006

An ‘All Party’ working group

MTV Get Real

Advent Calendar Project

D&AD New Blood Competition

The Edge Beacon Awards for Practical Learning


·        Edge believes that we have to change the way we do things otherwise the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots” will continue to grow



International Space School Educational Trust


·        ISSET was established in 1999 to use the inspirational subject of space to motivate students and make learning more effective particularly in science, mathematics and engineering


·        Have organised many student and teacher placements to Kennedy and Johnson Space Centres


·        Have organised astronaut and rocket scientist visits to the UK


·        Have developed new programmes for students and teachers at Star City, Russia’s centre for space control


·        Organised first ever UK videoconference live from space with British born astronaut Michael Foale on the International Space Station talking to and demonstrating life in space to students at the Science Learning Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, see the video clip at


·        Are working with Science Learning Centres and other educational organisations throughout the UK to enhance teacher professional development


·        ISSET also undertakes consultancy in the UK to help schools address difficulties and increase the life chances of their students


·        ISSET has worked on international educational consultancy in North America, Europe, Russian Republics and Asia