Children’s interest in space exploration has rocketed over the past six years, according to the team at Thames & Kosmos UK, who has witnessed ‘steady interest in its astronomy-focused FEAK range of STEM kits’ since new additions were welcomed to the line up earlier this year.
Space exploration has been the focus of much media attention in recent years, following the 2015 hype around Tim Peake’s visit to the International Space station, and the more recent successful landing of the NASA Perserverance rover on Mars this year.
It’s a combination of the two events and the media attention surrounding both, suggests Thames & Kosmos UK’s sales director, Jo Drage, that has helped fuel children’s interest in the subject in recent years.
To tap into the current uptick in demand for space-themed STEM kits and play-sets, Thames & Kosmos UK recently made a sweep of new additions to its best-selling FEAK XL range, including the newly announced Orbiting Solar System (£27.50).
With the Orbiting Solar System kit, children from the age of eight and upwards get to build a mechanical model of the solar system including the sun and eight planets (also known as an orrery). Once built, budding astronauts can wind it up, and watch the planets revolve around the sun, all while learning about the planets’ celestial orbits and more.
“Since we announced the addition of the Orbiting Solar System to our bestselling FEAK range earlier this year, we’ve had steady interest across end users and trade customers alike, as there is a real niche for a good quality STEM kit which aids children in their astronomical studies,” said Drage.
“Who knows, it could inspire the next Tim Peake.”