Life in Space workshop - this is an exciting, informative workshop whereby students can find out what it is like to be an Astronaut living and working on the International Space Station. The dangers of carrying out an EVA (spacewalk) and why the different layers of the Space suit are necessary to protect the Astronaut are explained. Explore topics like why losing pressure in a space suit could be life-threatening and see the devastating effects of increasing kinetic energy.
NXT Mars Rover Challenge - have your class always wanted to be robotics engineers, programming a rover to complete challenges across the surface of Mars? Well now you have the chance to bring your class here to the National Space Centre to do just that, by taking part in the National Space Centre's interactive Mars workshop. Working in small groups, your students will find out more about Mars rover missions, how to programme one of our LEGO NXT robots and then compete in some Mars challenges.
The Great Rocket Challenge - with a small budget students must work together to design, construct and launch a rocket to 'land' on the Moon. The craft must be designed based on strict criteria, and using only materials purchased with their budget. Which team will win the great rocket race? Working in teams of 3 to 6, students work together to find out what variables influence the speed and the distance their rocket will fly. Students complete the workshop by competing to see which rocket goes to the Moon and then share their results with the other groups.
Mission: Space Station - space stations have not only pushed the boundaries of technology for the last 30 years, but they have provided a platform for exciting new developments in science. This team building, competitive workshop is centred around the International Space Station, the most sophisticated machine ever built. Students learn what it does and how it does it. They then put those ideas into action by designing their own space station. They must decide what parts, equipment and crew they need whilst calculating their requirements and keeping to their budget. It involves decision making, mathematics and team work. During the course of the workshop, they also learn what it is like to live aboard a space station and the effects it has on the human body.
Our Earth under Threat - a team building workshop in which groups need to work in separate teams to deal with a possible Earth impact from a Near Earth Object. After receiving information about Near Earth Objects the students will then take on the role of a crisis team formed to help avert disaster on Earth. The workshop is concluded when the presenter amazes the audience by creating a replica of a comet.
Prior to your visit you can download and print a Gallery Trail for your group to complete as they explore the galleries. This gives them the incentive to absorb the information as well as enjoy all of the interactive exhibits.
Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium Show
Your visit includes an allocated a time slot for the fantastic 360 degree planetarium. All of the shows are based around curriculum topics and include:- Astronaut, Tour of the Night Sky or The Life of Stars.