Space Speaker in Your Classroom

The Space Speaker in Your Classroom program brings real Space Industry professionals to your classroom via Skype. Your students will have a chance to learn from these experts and to engage with them. We’ve had amazing speakers over the years, including BCO’s Astronaut Patron Dan Tani.

The program for Space Week 2019 is being finalised, but the post below gives an example of some of the incredible speakers who worked with us during International Women’s Day in March 2019:

To celebrate International Women’s Day, on March 8th, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory ran a special Space Speaker in Your Classroom Programme to connect students throughout Ireland, with women who have built careers in the Space Industry. These talks were designed to show students how varied the paths that lead to a STEM career in Space can be, and to assure them that they too can have an amazing career in this industry.

As National Outreach Coordinators for the International Astronomical Union, we also took this opportunity to highlight the IAU Women and Girls in Astronomy Project
, and to use this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to making astronomy more accessible to women and girls in Ireland, and around the world.

Speakers are available to book for 30 minute online slots allowing for student Q&A time.  Please note – as these hook-ups will take place online (mainly through Skype) you will need a strong WiFi connection.

If you would like to be added to our waiting list, or to receive notice of upcoming schedules, please email us at

Robin Kingsburgh

Lecturer at York University

Suited to: All

Available: *Fully booked*

Robin Kingsburgh teaches various natural science courses at York University, including Understanding Colour, and The History of Astronomy. She has a Ph.D. in Astronomy from University College London and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Mexico. Her painting experience comes from studies in Toronto (University of Toronto), France (Aix-en-Provençe) the U.K. (continuing education at the Slade School, London), and Haliburton (Haliburton School for the Arts), and has paralleled her scientific development. Her work blends science and art together.

Heidi Thiemann

PhD Astronomy Student

Suited to: All

Available: **Fully Booked**

Heidi is a PhD Astronomy student at Open University studying binary stars. Her research is focused in Astronomy, astrophysics, stellar formation, and evolution.
Heidi has access to and works with telescopes like Super WASP, Faulkes Telescope, ASAS-SN, South African Astronomical Observatory.

Danielle Wilcox

Science Facilitator

Suited to: All

Available: **Fully Booked**

Danielle is a science facilitator, at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory. She educates the public on astronomy through planetarium shows, guerrilla astronomy, videography, and other outreach methods. She currently runs the Space Speaker in Your Classroom programme and is a core member of the team that runs Space Week Ireland.

Frances McCarthy

Performance Astronomer

Suited to: All

Available: **Fully booked**

Frances thinks of herself as a 'performance astronomer.' She works full time at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, with school groups and general public and can often be heard as the 'voice' of BCO on national radio. She still remembers when there were no known exoplanets and the Universe was younger than the stars in it!