In 2010, we accidentally set up our own space agency with the mission to ‘inspire the next generation of poet-scientists and space explorers’. Since then the Unlimited Space Agency (UNSA) has won a stack of awards for its interactive projects, thousands of children around the world are signed up as Agents of UNSA and our patron is the British ESA astronaut Tim Peake who is currently in space!
“The Unlimited Space Agency is great. Their approach to inspiring children about science is rigorous, fun and it works! I’m proud to serve with them on their mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and space explorers.” Tim Peake, astronaut
To celebrate Tim’s mission to the International Space Station, we created the Astro Science Challenge – a space science adventure for children aged 7-11 now available as an App to download for Apple or Android devices from the Astro Science Challenge website. It’s been made in collaboration with some of the UK’s most brilliant space science organisations including the UK Space Agency, The Met Office, The Science Museum, The Royal Observatory Greenwich, Young Rewired State, the British Science Association and the European Space Agency.
Children sign up as UNSA Cadets and take on six Missions during which they learn about space weather, astronomy, computer coding and nutrition as well as building and launching their own rockets. On completing each Mission they are awarded a digital badge endorsed by one of our partners and, if they complete all six Missions they can level up and become an Agent of UNSA.
At the heart of all of UNSA’s work is a passionate belief in the power of story-telling and play to inspire engagement and learning. Throughout the Missions, Cadets can interact with Mini Jon – he’s a Cadet (like them) and is doing all the same Missions. His dream is to become UNSA’s first astronaut and go to space himself, but he needs a lot of help and support from the other Cadets to succeed.
Here’s a short video we made showcasing some of the work done so far:
UNSA – Ready for the Universe
The Unlimited Space Agency are great. Their approach to inspiring children about science is rigorous, fun and it works! I'm proud to serve with them on their mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and space explorers.
- Tim Peake, astronaut
I was deeply impressed by the project and by Unlimited Theatre’s energy, creativity and sheer enthusiasm for communicating and inspiring a passion for science through the arts.
- Su Sayer MBE, Chief Exec United Response
A remarkable organisation, outstanding! Unlimited demonstrate creativity and thinking outside the box to inspire girls and young women in STEM subjects.
We've got lots of plans for 2017 and you can read all about them in our January newsletter.
There's details in it about how to download our fabulous Astro Science Challenge app, new tour dates for Am I Dead Yet?, including 4 nights in home town Leeds at the end of March. And also a NEW SHOW called How I Hacked My Way Into Space about Jon's journey from garden shed dreamer to actually being in space.
As part of The Astro Science Challenge we commissioned Becky Parry – a Research Fellow at Nottingham University’s Faculty of Social Sciences where she is currently working full time on the TALE project, 'Tracking Arts Learning and Engagement' with professors Christine Hall and Pat Thomson. Previously she worked as a lecturer in Childhood Studies and Education at the University of Leeds.
We are delighted to announce that we've made the shortlist for this year’s Charity Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious awards scheme in the charity sector.
We've been shortlisted in the Arts, Culture & Heritage category for the The Astro Science Challenge project, an interactive space science adventure designed to inspire children aged 7-11 in STEM subjects.
In 2010 we accidentally set up our own space agency as a way of telling inspirational stories about science through space exploration. Six years later and the Unlimited Space Agency works closely with the ...