Key facts and how to apply

Key facts

STFC has six loan boxes available to schools for “Borrow the Moon” each containing the same types of meteorite and rock samples, investigation equipment, and guides.  To find out more about the contents please see What’s in the Box.  Hundreds of schools, colleges, universities, museums and astronomical societies throughout the UK have enjoyed the samples since the scheme began.

The normal loan period is one school week: Monday to Friday.  The loan scheme books up well in advance so please try to apply with at least four months’ notice of when you would like the loan box in your school.

In order to make sure that the scheme remains useful to borrowers STFC ask that all borrowers complete an evaluation form after they have borrowed the loan box. You can complete the evaluation form online.

About the loan boxes:

  • The lunar samples are presented in encapsulated discs that can be handled carefully
     
  • The lunar samples can be exciting to look at for everyone from a young child to a geology student
     
  • Each loan box also contains different examples of meteorites, put together by STFC and the National Space Academy
     
  • Every loan box includes larger pieces of meteorite that can be handled
     
  • Every loan box also includes a meteorite hunter activity featuring both Earth rocks and meteorites
     
  • Comprehensive support material is included with each loan, including education activities written by the National Space Academy.

STFC also have a collection of thin sections of lunar rock which can be loaned out to University level students for their studies.

How to apply

For further information and how to apply for a loan, read the security rules for borrowers and then view the frequently asked questions.

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Science and Technology Facilities Council
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