PASCAL Space Centres
We are the only schools worldwide to have Space Centres on campus, providing unparalleled experiences and unrivalled opportunities for STEAM learning and innovation.
Our Space Centres are of significant and unique value across the PASCAL International Education group. We have also welcomed over 3000 visitors from other schools and institutions in Cyprus.
Why do PASCAL schools have Space Centres?
Our schools have a pioneering spirit, with STEAM learning always a focus. Our Space Centre Director, Elpis Anastasiou, was behind the plans to create our first Space Centre in Larnaka - and the first mission to send a satellite into the stratosphere.
Subsequent successful missions and huge enthusiasm from our school and the wider community quickly led to a second Space Centre in Lemesos and a third in Lefkosia.
Space Centres and STEAM learning
The Space Centres allow us to elevate STEAM learning. We have a roadmap across our schools that includes hands-on, project-based learning experiences to develop a growth mindset from the get-go until graduation. Upper Secondary students leverage their experiences and STEAM projects to bolster university applications and gain entry to high-level global institutions.
In Early Years and Primary, students participate in our ‘Plants in Space’ initiative. Younger students learn what conditions plants need to thrive. Older students discover how seeds grow differently when one has been incubating in space!
Secondary students participate in teacher-constructed experiments that are as challenging as those for second-year university undergraduates. PASCAL students must work together to design a satellite, manage a budget, promote the project, and successfully launch it into the stratosphere.
Exciting, hands-on projects at all educational stages encourage creativity and critical thinking; they require teamwork and data analysis. Students make mistakes and learn from them, gaining translatable skills for life!
Space Centre environment
The environment is nothing like a traditional classroom. Meeting spaces replace tables and chairs. There are no books. Teachers and students collaborate on experiments. You will find space-themed areas, computers, robots, 3D printers, and AI technology. Lesson plans translate theoretical knowledge into hands-on experiences. Missions replace formal exams.
Our Space Centres see students and educators working together, teaching themselves as they progress through extremely challenging missions. Sometimes, they reach out to universities for support or assistance during a project.
Our Space Centres have an annual Open Month, where anyone can visit.
Teachers join us during Space Week to receive training - and design and deliver lesson plans.
Engineering Club takes place five times per year. Attendees accomplish a set mission together, leading to the growth and development of all.