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An out-of-this-world adventure

Pupils from the Stone Partnership visit the National Space Centre.

Published: 8 July 2024

Earlier year, the Stone Ogden Partnership proudly celebrated its fourth cross-school science fair, an event that continues to inspire young minds across Walton and across the partnership first schools. Building on this excitement, 42 of the science fair winners have recently embarked on an extraordinary journey to the National Space Centre.  

Pupils were captivated by an immersive IMAX film detailing the trials and triumphs of astronauts. This cinematic experience set the stage for a day filled with exploration and discovery as they delved into the Centre’s fascinating exhibits and embarked on their own astral trail. 

From viewing an authentic Moon rock to marvelling at Tim Peake’s iconic spacesuit, the day was brimming with awe-inspiring exhibits that ignited a passion for space exploration and scientific enquiry. 

“This adventure not only provided our students with first hand encounters of space artefacts but also underscored the significance of science capital in education,” enthuses partnership co-ordinator James Ball. “Through our ongoing collaboration with The Ogden Trust, we will continue to highlight and demonstrate the importance of science around us.” 

A picture of school students wearing school uniform, with an astronaut cutout.

Space … so what?

The value of space science was one of the topics discussed at the recent Ogden partnership conference. Professor Anu Ojha, former director at the UK National Space Academy and now Director of ‘Championing Space’ at the UK Space Agency, asked the provocative question of Space… so what? 

Anu went on to explain the global imperative of understanding space and investing in our space programme which is a critical enabler for our society and economy. What happens in space is fundamentally wired to our way of life and our global connectivity – environmental monitoring, navigation, communication. Our space capabilities and physics capabilities are a must have, and engaging school children with space science is vital to growing our future work force and future capabilities.  

Space to Learn

The National Space Academy’s Space to Learn programme, funded by the UK Space Agency, offers free masterclasses and summer schools. The initiative sees local experts leading high-quality, curriculum-based activities free of charge to schools across the UK. The programme removes barriers to opportunity and uses the exciting context of space to inspire and broaden the horizons of the next generation. 

The masterclasses feature real meteorites, high altitude pressure suits and thermal cameras, designed to captivate learners and boost student attainment in core subjects from Years 7 to 13. There is also some primary provision and events looking at space careers.  

Visit the Space to Learn website to find out more.

A picture of 3 primary student, looking around, inside of a rocket, looking at the controls.

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