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I spent later the later quarter of 2017 and first quarter of 2018 working on a mahoosive project for the Science and Technology Facilities Council. The goal was to completely redesign the entire suite of support materials for their awesome Borrow the Moon Lunar rock and meteorite loan scheme.
The STFC's Borrow the Moon scheme allows schools and universities to borrow samples of lunar material brought back to Earth during NASA’s Apollo missions – as well as samples of meteorites. The scheme has run with great success for a number of years and, after being handled by thousands of students, some of the samples were starting to look a little bit tired and in need of a little rejuvenation. So, while the physical samples were given a spring clean and the number and scope of the samples expanded, it was decided that the accompanying educational materials would also receive a complete revamp and redesign – ready for a grand relaunch in March this year.
The splendid folk at the National Space Academy were tasked with developing the materials for the Teacher's pack and the many activities that accompany the scheme. I was tasked with designing it all so it looked all nice and shiny, but was also easy for students and teachers alike to engage with and use.
On top of this, I was given the task of creating some entirely new materials to complement the scheme, which I would write, illustrate and design entirely from scratch... but I'll cover those in the next couple of blog posts.
The final page count for the Teacher's pack was 62 pages and the Activities pack was at the generous end of 70-odd pages, so I won't share them all here! If you want to check out the materials in their entirety, head over to the STFC's Borrow the Moon webpage!
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