Wonders of the universe

Last week, 40 Year 9 pupils from Batley Girls’ High School, Fulneck School and the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) gathered for two workshops on the wonders of the universe, as part of the Leeds & Harrogate Ogden Partnership.

Students saw a comet take shape before their very eyes in a space masterclass run at GSAL by Conor Davies, a lead space educator with the National Space Academy.

The comet was the grand finale to a fascinating session in which students had learned about the universe and the relevance of space technology to everyday life. Practical tasks included creating a scale model of the solar system using objects ranging from a football to a peppercorn and testing heat absorption on different surfaces.

Ian Harrison, physics teacher at Fulneck School, attended one of the workshops: “I would like to express my thanks to all those concerned in the organisation of this fantastic event. The session was skilfully put together by Mr Davies who involved the students in all aspects of the masterclass. He obviously captured the imagination of my students as they were still talking about what they had experienced later that afternoon."

PS: In case you’re wondering about the ingredients in Conor’s comet recipe, they include water, sand, carbon, red wine, Worcestershire sauce and lots of dry ice – but we recommend that you don’t try it at home!