Universe-in-a-Box is an educational kit designed by the Universe Awareness project to assist educators in bringing astronomy and space sciences to 4–11 year old children. The toolkit was developed in response to a demand for practical, interactive and fun resources for bringing astronomy into the classroom.
In 2014, Universe in the Classroom handed 100 free Universe-in-a-Box toolkits to selected primary schools across Wales, providing teachers and educators with over 40 practical activities, as well as the materials and models required to do them.
The comprehensive activity book includes all necessary background information, “how-to” steps, guidance on further experimentation and craft templates to cover five modules in the classrom:
The Universe-in-a-Box Activity Book is available online at http://www.unawe.org/resources/universebox/
A DIY guide has been created to allow users to build their own Universe-in-a-Box kit using cheap, accessible materials. The Universe-in-a-Box DIY Guide can be found at: http://unawe.org/resources/guides/universeinaboxdiyguide/
Throughout 2014 we carried out a number of teacher training workshops based around Universe-in-a-Box, you can explore the content of the workshop below.