School and College Liaison



Solar Telescope Observations

This box aims to enable students to make their own solar observations. Learners will look at how and why sunspots form before using our solar telescope to record sunspots and compare them to NASA’s website.*

*Please note due to the equipment required to run this activity, demand for this box is often high.

Curriculum links:

  • GCSE Science (Space physics)
  • Extracurricular (Also suitable for lunchtime and after-school clubs)


Box Contents:

Teaching resources

Memory stick


Lesson plan



Solar Telescope

Classroom requirements:

The solar telescope must be used outside on a clear day.

Terms and conditions of borrowing a box

Subject in a box:

Terms and Conditions


This document sets out the terms and conditions for schools utilising Loughborough University’s Subject in a box programme. The following terms and conditions apply to all of the boxes within the Subject in a Box programme.


Allocated time per box:

In order to ensure we can reach as many schools as possible, schools may have a subject in a box activity on their premises for a maximum of two weeks at a time. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, schools agree to adhere to these timescales.

Boxes should be returned by the date agreed with the WP team. Unless alternative collection arrangements are made with the boxes are to be returned using the labels provided, if for some reason the labels are missing – the box should be posed to the following address:


School and College Liaison Team

Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions

Hazlerigg Building

Loughborough University



LE11 3TU


Damaged or missing items:

Each box includes an equipment list required to successfully run the activity, if the box is found to be missing equipment, or if any of the equipment is found to be damaged, the WP team reserves the right to ask schools to cover the cost of replacements.


Please note, that Items marked with an asterisk (*) are classed as consumables and do not need to be replenished by schools.


Use of items:

All equipment provided through Subject in a box has passed Loughborough University’s required safety checks, and where required, safety equipment has been provided. Therefore, Loughborough University is not responsible for any injuries that may occur whilst using the equipment within subject in a box activity.