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Destination Space key stage 3

Key facts

  • Suitable for: Key Stage 3
  • Subjects: Mathematics, Science
  • Session type: Museum led
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Class size (maximum): 30
  • Venue: World Museum


World Museum has joined forces with the UK and European Space Agencies and the University of Liverpool to run a fantastic education programme celebrating British astronaut Tim Peake’s recent mission at the International Space Station. A key aim of Tim's six month mission was to inspire a new generation of space scientists through the Destination Space education programme.

Through these unique and stimulating workshops pupils will learn about the wonders of space flight and the talented team of experts that make travelling and living in space possible. The workshops focus on inspiring curiosity and an interest to continue to explore the marvels of modern day science and technology.

This key stage 3 workshop is available on the following dates at 10.15am, 11.30am or 1.15pm:

> 8, 9, 10, 11 and 14 November 

Further details

Astronaut Tim Peake in his space suit on the International Space Station

Join us as we journey to the International Space Station and find out what it takes to do an astronaut’s job while tackling the effect living in space has on the body.

Through a variety of explosive and surprising demonstrations and group activities pupils will work in teams to learn about the science behind space rocket flight, and investigate how technology helps our human body survive the extreme conditions of outer space.

This workshop focuses on some of the key skills needed to be not only an astronaut but a scientist or engineer working in the space industry.

Through problem solving and experiments students get a chance to use their communication, mathematical, English, science and team-working skills to control a robot arm and design a circuit system for the ISS and investigate the best materials to solve a carbon dioxide emergency on board.

Important note

Please note that for this workshop to take place it is essential to bring a minimum of two teachers/adults to actively participate in this workshop. This is because of the participatory nature of the workshops, and to ensure your pupils have a positive learning experience.  Without these helpers we are not able to run the workshop. The two adult helpers are needed in addition to other adult helpers you may be bringing to support other classes' activities at the museum.

These activities are supported by UK Association for Science and Discovery Centres and UK Space Agency.

Curriculum links

Biology – structure and function of living organisms

Cells and organisation

  • the hierarchical organisation of multicellular organisms: from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms. 

The skeletal and muscular systems

  • biomechanics – the interaction between skeleton and muscles, including the measurement of force exerted by different muscles 
  • the function of muscles and examples of antagonistic muscles. 

Nutrition and digestion

  • content of a healthy human diet: carbohydrates, lipids (fats and oils), proteins, vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and water.
  • the consequences of imbalances in the diet, deficiency diseases. 

Gas exchange systems

  • the structure and functions of the gas exchange system in humans.


The particulate nature of matter

  • the properties of the different states of matter (solid, liquid and gas) in terms of the particle model, including gas pressure 

Pure and impure substances

  • diffusion in terms of the particle model
  • simple techniques for separating mixtures: filtration, evaporation, distillation and chromatograph

Chemical reactions

  • combustion, thermal decomposition, oxidation and displacement reactions. (Fire triangle)

Physics – energy, motion and forces

Energy changes and transfers

  • simple machines give bigger force but at the expense of smaller movement (and vice versa): product of force and displacement unchanged. 


  • forces as pushes or pulls, arising from the interaction between two objects.
  • using force arrows in diagrams, adding forces in one dimension, balanced and unbalanced forces.
  • non-contact forces: gravity forces acting at a distance on Earth and in space, forces between magnets and forces due to static electricity. 

Pressure in fluids

  • atmospheric pressure, decreases with increase of height as weight of air above decreases with height. 

Forces and motion

  • forces being needed to cause objects to stop or start moving, or to change their speed or direction of motion (qualitative only)
  • change depending on direction of force and its size. 

Space physics

  • gravity force, weight = mass x gravitational field strength (g), on Earth g=10 N/kg, different on other planets and stars; gravity forces between Earth and Moon, and between Earth and Sun (qualitative only)