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Virtual Space Futures Expo

A virtual Space Expo about the expanding Space industry and the career opportunities that are flourishing across it.

Virtual Space Futures Expo

Young people will be able to visit a virtual Space Expo and take part in webinars with professionals from across the world.

The expo aims to raise young peoples’ awareness of the expanding UK Space industry and the career opportunities that are flourishing across the sector. The Expo will be launched on the 4th October 2021 to coincide with World Space Week. 

Exhibiting at the Expo will be some of the UK most innovative space companies such as SkyRora, INMARSAT and Space Port Cornwall. There will also be a range of universities and educational organisations such as STEM Learning, Engineering UK and ESERO UK exhibiting at the Expo.

This World Space Week Expo will build on the current Virtual Space Futures Expo through exhibiting a wider range of companies and organisations. 

The Expo will be available throughout the year for people to visit. The Expo will continue to expand to become an interactive virtual environment with projects and host events throughout the year.  

During the week of the Expo, 4wardFutures will be hosting a series of webinars. This webinar programme will provide young people with the opportunity to explore career opportunities that are flourishing across the space sector and the skill combinations, both essential (or soft skills) and technical skills that are becoming increasingly valued across the sector.


Flexible, typically 2 hours. 

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Mechanical engineering, systems and processes
    • Space and aerospace engineering
    • Sport and fitness
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

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