Space Technology Applications on Earth (STAOE)

The Space Technology Applications on Earth (STAOE) project is a careers education programme that has been developed by 4wardfutures in collaboration with industry partners. The STAOE programme will give young people the opportunity to work individually or as part of a team to collaborate with professionals from the space and satellite sector to explore the applications on earth  of technology that has been developed by the space industry and how these are having an increasingly significant impact on their daily lives and future career opportunities.

Space technology is technology developed by space science or the aerospace industry for use in spaceflight, satellites, or space exploration. Space technology includes spacecraft, robotics, satellites, and space stations. Many common everyday services such as weather forecasting, GPS systems, satellite television, long-distance communications systems critically rely on space technology and infrastructure

STAOE will initially focus on satellites and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)  


Geographical Information Systems (GIS)


GIS is a computer system for capturing, storing, checking, and displaying data related to positions on Earth’s surface. GIS can show many kinds of data on one map, such as streets, buildings, and vegetation. This enables people to see, analyse, and understand patterns and relationships more easily.


The Geography National Curriculum for England states that students should be taught to “use Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to view, analyse and interpret places and data,” (DfE, 2013). However, whilst it can be agreed that proficiency in GIS is a valuable skill of Geographers, implementing its effective use in the classroom can be both ambitious and daunting to teachers and students[1].


4wardfutures will be working with the geography team from a NW English high school to explore how the STAOE programme can enrich the geography curriculum  and overcome some of the challenges teachers and students may face when first working with GIS systems and data.





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