Throughout history humans have gazed up at the stars and wondered how did they come into being, and how big is the universe? This fascination with the universe has endured through the ages and driven mankind to overcome unimaginable obstacles to travel into space and explore its hidden mysteries. Pupils will experience the stars in this exciting planetarium show as they learn about telescopes, how they work and how important they have been in unravelling these mysteries. Then they can get hands-on in our astronaut challenge activity
It is through millennia of astronomical study and technological advances that we are able to travel into space and explore its hidden mysteries today.
The show begins with two teenagers attending a star party and we learn with them how telescopes work, looking at reflection, refraction and resolution. We investigate the history of the telescope, how it has developed and changed over the centuries leading to amazing discoveries.
Pupils will learn how we can see events from millions of years ago today and how looking back in time helps us work out why the universe is the way it is and what the future of the universe may look like.
Pupils will also gain insight into how observatories use telescopes to explore deep space and expand our understanding of our own place in space.
Finally we are introduced to some of the current areas of research and how the next generation of telescopes may help resolve these puzzles.
Following the show the class will take part in a very important mission lead by ground control (our education demonstrator): to design a spacesuit for their astronaut to wear. Using scientific lines of enquiry to problem solve, pupils will uncover the science behind how a spacesuit is made. They will learn about the importance of oxygen, water and gravity to preserve human life and will have to solve the problem of breathing, drinking and even going to the toilet in space! Pupils will have the opportunity to handle objects like those used by Tim Peake on his mission to the International Space Station, such as a Sokol flying suit and helmet.
This workshop offers a unique way for the pupils to learn about the elements that make up life and the incredible advances in technology that allow us to explore the workings of our solar system and beyond.
We need adult help to ensure the pupils have the best possible experience and to ensure the safety of the handling objects. For this reason you must bring at least two adults to this session.
Please arrive on time for your workshop or we may not be able to run it for you. Please share these notes with your adult helpers before your visit. This will help them to support your pupils have a successful and enjoyable day.
Through participating in this session students are encouraged to think about democracy, individual liberty and tolerance.