For Teachers

The Universe in Your Classroom

Bring Space down to Earth with these activities. Choose one or a whole series of activities that can boldly take your class where no class has gone before! (ok – not really, these have all been tested and trialled). Each theme includes a variety of activities, with suggested class levels and a DPSM/ESERO Framework for inquiry overview.

Please Note: Using these resources in your classroom can be used as evidence towards the Science Foundation Ireland Discover Science & Maths Awards.

Sizes and Scales in the Solar System

How big is big and how do all those planets fit into the solar system?

The Solar System is a broad topic that can inspire children and stoke their imaginations on many different levels. As a theme it also provides an opportunity to teach across many areas of the primary school curriculum.

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Mission To The Moon

Prepare your students for their very own Space Mission!

This comprehensive resource shows you how to deliver a truly cross-curricular experience using a Moon Mission as a central theme.

Download in English

Engineering in Space

New in 2017: Astronauts and the International Space Station

Work as a Robotic Engineer for a space agency. A resource for teachers with ideas on how to use the International Space Station as a thematic frame for teaching a wide variety of topics, with an emphasis on Design and Make activities.

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Sun and Shadows

Learn about our life-giving star

How can a shadow tell the time? How do clouds make it darker? Where is the sun relative to us?


Light Pollution Toolkit

When does light become a problem?

Artificial Light is a reality of modern life, but what are the costs for us, for wildlife, and for our planet?


Engineering the Moon

The Moon is hostile to life. What will it take to stay there?

Investigate the challenges and solutions to visiting or establishing human settlements on the Moon.


Space Images

During Space Week we are inviting every school in Ireland to have their very own unique picture of a space object, taken by our telescopes at BCO.

The picture emailed to each school will be unique to your class or school.

How? To take an image means capturing photons (particles of light) with a camera. The photons in the image are captured there forever and cannot be sent back out into the universe and no other camera can capture the exact same photons as your image.

Email us at to register for your very own Space Image.

2nd Level Activities

New For 2019 – Exoworlds in Focus

Following on from all the excitement of Ireland’s involvement in the NameExoWorlds competition, we have a brand new resource covering all things Exoplanet. Compare the solar system (sizes and scales) to two other exoplanet systems; what is needed for a planet to be in the ‘habitable zone’? Check it out: ExoWorlds in Focus

Science In Society: Designed to be used by teachers of Junior Cycle Science to explore Nature of Science and Earth and Space contextual strands.

Should we send a human mission to Mars? What could be the costs to humanity? Could we endanger indigenous life on another planet? Could the technological advances of such a mission help us here on Earth? With expert opinions from scientists, artists and lawyers around Ireland this resource presents tools for students to really think about a pressing question in the modern age of space exploration.

The Debate resource can be accessed here.

Moon Cycle: Designed to be used by teachers of Junior Cycle Science to access Learning Outcome 4 in the Earth and Space contextual strand.

Students should be able to:

  1. develop and use a model of Earth-Sun-Moon system to describe predictable phenomena observable on Earth, including seasons, lunar phases, and eclipses of the Sun and the Moon.

The resource includes an image to be used as a trigger, links to practical modelling activities and downloadable images that can be used by students for assessment activities.

You can download the resource here: MoonCycle 2nd Level

And the trigger images are here:

Links & Resources

  • Solar System Scope
    Free online 3D simulation of the Solar System and night sky.
  • ESERO Ireland
    For Irish-curriculum-linked Space and STEM-themed resources.
  • AstroEdu
    Lots of Peer-Reviewed Astronomy Education Activities for all age groups.
  • Stellarium
    Bring the planetarium into your classroom! Explore most known objects in the night sky in any direction, by downloading this free software.
  • ESA Education: Teach with Space
    A large collection of space themed primary and second level resources.