The International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) is a registered UK charity that was founded in 1998. The aim of ISSET is to utilise space exploration to inspire and motivate young people to believe that they can become what they want to be.
ISSET seeks to instil an appreciation of what humans can achieve and encourage young people to make something of themselves, particularly in the careers and study in STEM areas.
ISSET’s programmes have included:
- Student projects and competitions, including the UK’s most successful schools’ competition: Edge into Space that enables teams of people from each part of the UK to be guests at a Space Shuttle landing
- Mission Discovery Summer School
- Student experiences at the US Space Centres
- Teacher leadership programmes in Houston, Texas
- Teacher professional development in the utilisation of space at Kennedy Space Center
- Astronaut and Space Scientist visits to schools, colleges, universities and communities in the UK, India and Australia.
- Video conferences with astronauts and space scientists
- Hands-on, multimedia programmes in schools that utilise the context of space
- ISSET also has a highly successful educational leadership and school improvement consultancy "The Effective Schools' Group"
ISSET has worked with organisations including:
- Johnson Space Center
- Kennedy Space Center
- Rice University, Texas
- Kings College London
- University of Adelaide
- Imperial College London
- The Institute of Physics
- Science Museum, London
- National Museum of Wales
- Science Learning Centres
- Institute of Physics
- Cheltenham Science Festival
- US Embassy, London
- University of Wales
- University of Cardiff
- University of Swansea
- Institute of Education, London
- College of St Mark and St John
- The Edge Foundation
- Houston Independent School District