As the 50th anniversary of man’s first lunar landing approaches, primary school children are being invited to take a giant leap of their own by designing a hotel on the Moon.

Launched by primary science experts Empiribox, theMoon Hotel Competition’ asks pupils to stretch their imagination by inventing the very first lunar lodging, considering the weird and wonderful features needed to make Moon holidays possible.

Open to primary school pupils aged 7-11 years (KS2), the competition invites children to create a poster or pamphlet which advertises their Moon hotel and explains the science around it. Thinking about food, water, air and gravity, they’ll be encouraged to come up with innovative designs which meet the challenges of lunar life and showcase their space science knowledge.

The winning school will have the chance to make science lessons even more exciting, by landing a year’s free subscription to Empiribox. This amazing prize will help teachers to deliver wow-factor science experiments, providing all the equipment, resources and expert training needed.

The winning pupil will also receive a bundle of space-themed prizes from the European Space Agency (ESA), including kits to build a robot and solar powered rocket.

Empiribox Founder Dan Sullivan said:

“The historic Apollo 11 landing on July 20th 1969 changed history in an instant, paving the way for future exploration and sparking curiosity in children everywhere. This exciting competition will help teachers to bring the science of the Moon landing to life, inspiring the next generation of explorers, engineers and astronauts.”

Pupils can kick-start their designs by watching a special video interview with astronaut Tim Peake, in which he answers children’s questions about life in space. The video, which was filmed by Empiribox to celebrate Science Week, can be viewed online here:

The ‘Moon Hotel Competition’ is open to KS2 pupils in UK primary schools, and children have until 14th June 2019 to submit their entries. Primary schools are encouraged to take part by visiting

Empiribox works with primary schools across the UK, helping teachers to deliver inspiring lessons and fun practical investigations to engage younger children with science.

Discover how Empiribox is nurturing future scientists. Visit

Why not read more from our teaching community?

Supporting Wellbeing in Early Years

When she was asked to work with Partnership for Children to create some wellbeing cards for Early Years, Jayne Carter began by looking into how kids are feeling at the moment.
Teacher Carl Barton

5 Top Tips for Concerned Teachers

Carl Barton shares his top tips to help struggling and concerned teachers get through the most difficult of times.
Grow Your Mindset Liz

Is Growth Mindset Real?

Growth Mindset the term has been hanging around the world of education, business and sports for close to a decade now. Some people love it, others hate it. Liz Cronshaw looks into what's the real story around Growth Mindset.

Mark. Plan. Teach. 2.0

A fully updated edition of Ross Morrison McGill's, Mark. Plan. Teach. containing best practice, recent thinking and developments around marking and feedback.


‘Health and Relationships’ programme helps teachers get ready for statutory RHE curriculum changes and supports blended learning

The Kindness of Youth: Coping with a Teacher with Cancer

Pupils are often stereotyped as being rude, uncaring, and self-important but ThebigCteacher experienced the opposite when they broke the news to their school that they had advanced cancer.

Weaving Creativity Into All Lessons

Ben from WAGOLL teaching shares how you can encourage your pupils to be creative in all subjects. He promotes a classroom where no idea is silly.
carl rapper

5 Top Tips for Concerned Students

Carl Barton shares his top tips to help struggling and concerned students. He shows you how you can help them achieve their dreams.

How using a scheme of work lets teachers teach!

Robert Pokorny explains why he thinks that using a scheme of work can actually release a teacher’s creativity rather than shackle it.
0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *