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Space Rocks at Eckington School

On Thursday 18th November 2016 Eckington School held an exciting evening of Space exploration. Students and the local community flocked to the school to experience attractions such as the Virtual Reality Experience and the Pop-up Planetarium. Eckington students helped supervise activities on the night and the event uptake exceeded everyone's expectations.

Telescopes were available on the school field, a clear night gave an excellent view of the week's Supermoon.

The event featured several competitions, the main attraction being a chance to win a family ticket to the National Space Centre. Students aged between 9 and 13 were asked to design a planet  details of the winner will be announced this week. The school's catering department provided Space-themed refreshments on the night.

Four guest speakers gave talks on the night; audiences were given an insight into everything from Tim Peake's journey to the International Space Station to the Solar System and Lightspeed Universe. Vix Southgate, British Interplanetary Society, gave a talk on 'Human Spaceflight and the benefits to life on Earth. Vix is a STEM Ambassador working in schools around Europe.

Vix said "I've been extremely surprised at how many people have come. It's been a lovely surprise."

Vix's talk included a SOKOL KV-2 spacesuit and CASSIE (a knitted hedgehog and UK Space Mascot that helps encourage STEM in primary schools) with the help of NASA and the BBC.

Solvejg Cowie took her two children along and said: "I think it inspires new ideas, because it's not something they'd necessarily do in a school curriculum."

"It's good that they opened it to the younger kids too."

Eckington students had the chance to preview the spacesuit in Science class, and it was circulated during lessons prior to the event.

Chris Darby, Education Manager at the National Space Centre gave a presentation on Tim Peake, the first official British Astronaut to go into Space. Tim's presentation wowed the audience with a lively demonstration of how a rocket launches!

Andy Shelton, a member of the Science team at Eckington School, organised the event with sponsorship from Vision for Education and NEDCC. Andy said:
"The event was a huge success, we had so many students and their families attend on the night. It was great to see the local community engage in Science. "

Eckington School would like to thank the Chesterfield Astronomical Society for their help and support with this event.

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Last updated: Thursday, November 24, 2016Print the Eckington School Space Rocks! page

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