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Durham University

Science Outreach and Engagement

Space to Earth Challenge

Smart materials based teaching resources, developed by Lorraine Coghill, were commissioned by The Space to Earth Challenge Team to support British Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission on board the ISS.

The smart materials case studies focus on a range of materials including the CPI’s printable electronics and aspects of Prof Jas Badyal’s surface chemistry research. The resources were launched with presentations and hands-on workshops to around 200 school pupils at the Royal Aeronautical Society and at The House of Commons to an audience of 50 including politicians, schools and businesses where Lorraine then attended the Government’s Space Committee’s Winter Reception. The activities at the House of Commons were presented by students from Bishop Barrington school.

Thanks to Business Durham for financial support.