For thousands of years ancient civilisations from around the world have looked up at the stars and wondered; what is out there? With advancing technologies we have begun to explore our own tiny portion of this vast universe. In 1969 history was made when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, he did not find life there, but the search continues. Using giant telescopes, complex robots and even man led missions on the International Space Station; we continue the search for alien life in our galaxy and beyond. Pupils will experience the stars in this thrilling planetarium show as they discover how we search for signs of alien life in space. Then they can get hands-on in our astronaut challenge activity.
In this museum led session the pupils will watch We Are Aliens, a visually captivating show in our Planetarium, which explores the question: are we alone?
Pupils will discover how our existing understanding of life on earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the Universe. By exploring the unlikely places in which we find life on our own planet, (such as the deep ocean floor or in the Antarctic), scientists can provide clues for finding life in other unexpected places like Mars, Jupiter’s moon’s or other exo-planets like our own.
After seeing what astronomers are looking for on other worlds, the pupils will think about what it would be like for them to travel into space.
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.
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.