Partnership Between Sherwood Observatory and the Air and Space Institute: Inspiring STEM Education and Advancing Opportunities

Sherwood Observatory is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Air and Space Institute (ASI), a collaboration aimed at inspiring the next generation through STEM education. This exciting venture has been made possible by the Sherwood Observatory securing a £3.1 million grant from the Levelling Up Round 2 fund, dedicated to constructing a state-of-the-art Science Discovery Centre and Planetarium.

Our shared vision is to provide young people with access to cutting-edge STEM facilities, fostering opportunities and encouraging their pursuit of engineering pathways. Through this partnership, students at ASI will have the privilege of utilizing the observatory’s advanced resources, enriching their learning experience. The planetarium, in particular, will offer an immersive educational journey, igniting students’ enthusiasm for the aerospace sector and allowing them to explore the wonders of space.

This collaboration presents an exceptional opportunity for students to engage with science and technology in a hands-on manner, fueling their curiosity and nurturing their creativity. With access to these exceptional facilities, students will be equipped with practical skills and experience, preparing them for successful careers in the STEM field.

Tom Marsden, Director of Strategic Growth for Lincoln College, expressed his delight at partnering with the Sherwood Observatory for their remarkable science discovery centre and planetarium project. He emphasized that this facility will significantly enhance educational opportunities for students, adults, and school children in Newark and Sherwood. Additionally, it will foster broader business partnerships with companies involved in the rapidly growing UK Space sector and its supply chain.

Tom Cartledge, Co-Chair of the Newark Town Board, celebrated the success of the bid for £25 million through the Government’s Towns Fund initiative, which brought the Air and Space Institute to life. He expressed his delight in witnessing the project’s excellent progress and highlighted the significance of the new partnership with the Sherwood Observatory. This collaboration ensures that aspiring students can gain firsthand experience in studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, supporting their further and higher education ambitions.

Steve Wallace, the Planetarium Project Manager, acknowledged the critical role of a STEM-enabled workforce in shaping the future prosperity of the UK. He emphasized the immense potential of both organizations to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers through the outstanding facilities at the Air and Space Institute, as well as the Science Discovery Centre, Planetarium, and Observatory. The Sherwood Observatory sees numerous synergies between the two organizations and eagerly anticipates working together.

In a time where science and technology play vital roles in advancing society, this partnership between ASI and the Sherwood Observatory represents a significant step towards creating a more equitable and prosperous future for all. For further information about ASI’s innovative courses, please visit https://asi-newark.co.uk/curriculum.

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