The Cosmic Hedgehog
The Cosmic Hedgehog is a Mascot for Space Exploration and all the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) that includes.
“The Cosmic Hedgehog has been created to help promote the UK’s Space Sector and its work within the International Space Community. By using a mascot you can capture the imaginations of the very young and introduce concepts and information that might otherwise seem overwhelming. A mascot can help engage with and inspire the next generation of Space explorers!”
– Vix Southgate, Creator.
The Cosmic Hedgehog aims to:
- Help promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
- Raise awareness of the UK Space Industry.
- Raise awareness of Space Exploration.
- Attend Space-related events.
- Go on Space-like missions.
- Meet many famous space people.
- Go into Space!
The Cosmic Hedgehog is building a following of fans with the intention of being a ‘Space Celebrity’ in its own right. This will be of value to anyone wanting to use The Cosmic Hedgehog for projects, and provides extra publicity through an already established and growing following.
All projects that include or utilise The Cosmic Hedgehog will be promoted through its social media channels and blog.
The Cosmic Hedgehog is available to be used by any STEM Ambassador, Educational out-reach provider, or any person, or company in the relevant subject areas that want to use the Mascot to inspire children in all aspects of STEM careers.
Please contact: SpaceMascotUK@gmail.com if you would like to use The Cosmic Hedgehog for your project
Help The Cosmic Hedgehog.
You can help The Cosmic Hedgehog by:
- Emailing SpaceMascotUK@gmail.com with information of:
Projects and out-reach programmes in the UK.
Any space-related activity aimed at engaging with children.
Museum events and contact details.
Interested schools and groups.
- Following, contributing and promoting The Cosmic Hedgehog’s social media channels:
- Promoting the Naming Competition:
Download the Schools flyer for the Naming Competition here: www.vixsouthgate.co.uk/SpaceMascotUK
- Emailing your ideas for The Cosmic Hedgehog’s missions.
Why a Hedgehog?
SpaceMascotUK started on Oct 1st 2012 by Vix Southgate, due to the inspiration, advice and help of NASA’s Camilla Corona SDO; The US Forces Academy’s Ms Aurora Phd; and Vic Minett on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire and her listeners.
Camilla, MsAurora and Vix Southgate discussed the benefits of a UK Space Mascot, Vic Minett asked her listeners to send in their ideas as to what form SpaceMascotUK should take.
It was decided that it had to be an animal, preferably indigenous to the UK, and appealing to young children. One week later The Cosmic Hedgehog was announced.
What if I’m not based in the UK?
We thoroughly encourage global support for the Mascot!
If you are not from the UK you can still enter the naming competition (more details on the webpage) and raise awareness of the UK in Space and its place in the International Space Community! The Cosmic Hedgehog is based in the UK but wants to promote Space Exploration in general.
For any other queries please contact: SpaceMascotUK@gmail.com