ISS: VR Team Challenge – Funding Application

If you are ready to register your school please follow the link below. If you have any questions please contact us on 02920 876 884 or 

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All the information about the workshop is below. We look forward to working with you!

What is the show?

‘ISS: Team VR Challenge’ is an interactive, educational and workshop, where students get to experience what it is like to live and work aboard the International Space Station. The workshop uses the cutting edge technology of Virtual Reality to give students a realistic impression of one of the greatest scientific and engineering facilities.

Students will work together in groups of 3’s, with one student taking the role of the Astronaut and the other 2 students becoming Mission Controllers. The Astronauts must navigate and work around the ISS whilst the Mission controllers guide them around, completing a set of missions on board the space station. Students will get to swap roles during the workshop, ensuring everyone gets to experience all parts of the workshop.

Thanks to funding from the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) we can offer this to your school for just £150+VAT.


  • The workshop is suitable for primary school students in years 5-6, and secondary school students in years 7-8.
  • Only schools that are in Wales, within 50 miles of Cardiff are eligible
  • Provide feedback on the impact of the workshop on both staff and children in the form of an online evaluation form.
  • Workshop are available from the 3rd of January until the 31st of March.

Please be aware that the places are strictly limited and very popular, we advise booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. We will let all schools know if they have been successful by the end of January.

What happens on the day?

We will bring everything required for the presentation and just require a classroom or hall, with a table for 3 chairs for each group of 3 student. We can repeat the show up to 3 times during a day. Our optimum audience size is 30 or less, with a hard maximum at 34 students. We require 30 minutes to set up, and 30 minutes to pack away.

We will require power if performing more than one workshop during the day, and a break of at least 20 minutes if performing more than 2 shows.

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Who are we?

Science made simple was established in 2002 with a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. Since then we have reached over 500,000 people and expanded from Wales into 4 regions of the UK. We are passionate about opening up opportunities for people to enjoy science regardless of their age, gender or previous knowledge and we have won a number of awards recognising the quality of our work. We have the ‘Learning outside the classroom’ quality mark and all our presenters have enhanced DBS clearance for work with schools.

What do audiences and teachers say about us?

Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job,
but now I think I might be one.

10 year old girl

“science made simple provided a stimulating, entertaining and challenging kick start to our action packed Science Week. The shows fully engaged children across KS1 and 2, and the evening show for families was a terrific opportunity to develop parental involvement in school.”

Paul Smith,  Headteacher, Grange Park Primary School

“Top of the range science presentations: enthusiastic, pacey, articulate, well-informed & flexibly tailored to our audiences, including combined KS2 with KS3. Substantial science content alongside the ‘wow’ factor!”

Alastair Cuthbertson, Science Teacher, Ivybridge Community College.


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