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On Wednesday 11th March, children in Year 3 and 4 at Heronswood Primary School, had a space-tacular experience with Chris from the Thinktank outreach service, Birmingham.

 

The day began with children learning how space crafts are brought safely back down to Earth after their missions. With a budget of £7, the children then divided into teams to buy materials in order to make their own space lander. The challenge was to safely land an ‘egg-stronaut!’   

Two teams were successful in this mission and many other children commented that they would like the opportunity to attempt the task again as they had evaluated their products and already considered improvements!  Our children are very competitive and are always looking for ways to learn. 

During the afternoon show the children learnt how to prepare for space travel. Two teams were set the challenge of dressing up in astronaut suits as well as deciding which everyday items were appropriate to take into space. The children were fascinated to find out what happened when you went to the toilet in Space. We’ll leave them to tell you what they learnt!!  Experiments to show how rockets are launched captivated the children too.

 “I’ll definitely be going to the Thinktank in Birmingham now!” Grace

“We had a cracking time!”  All of Year 4!

“The Think tank was amazing because we learnt how to travel safely back to earth” Finley

“I thought the think tank was amazing because we got to learn lots of new things and made our own space lander” Lydia

Mrs Lynch the Year 4 class teacher said, “A fantastic day all round. Who knows, we may have had the first astronaut to set foot on Mars sat in the room with us yesterday!”