Maths in space – Principia Mission – Pack 2

Jul 20, 2023 | Educational material Primary school, Educational material Secondary, Mission Principia


Matières: Mathematics
Âge: 11-16 years
Duration: 2 hours


Study of combinations, permutations, factorials and probabilities as part of Tim Peake’s mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

On December 15, 2015, European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake departed with the Principia mission to spend six months on the International Space Station.
The name Principia is inspired by Isaac Newton’s Naturalis Principia Mathematica, in which he describes the elementary laws of motion and gravity.
The Principia mission’s main aim is to educate and inspire young people. Tim is determined to make Principia an exciting adventure for the younger generation.
This resource is part of a wide-ranging education program designed to inspire children to embark on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) pathways.

Content covered:
– Understand and use positional values for decimal numbers, measures and whole numbers of any size
– Use of conventional notation for priority operations, including parentheses, powers, roots and reciprocal values
– Work interchangeably with finite decimals and their corresponding fractions (such as 3.5 and/or 0.375)
– Round numbers and measurements to an appropriate degree of accuracy [e.g., to a number of decimal places or to a significant digit].
– Use a calculator or other technology to calculate results accurately and then interpret them appropriately
– Substitute numerical values in formulas and expressions, including scientific formulas
– Understand that the probabilities of all possible outcomes add up to 1
– Generate theoretical sample spaces for simple and combined events with equal, mutually exclusive probability outcomes and use these to calculate theoretical probabilities.

Astronaut Tim Peake with Principia Mission logo