Sparking the imagination

3 July 2019

In the summer term of 2019, six schools from the Berkhamsted Primary Partnership went to Airbus Foundation Discovery Space in Stevenage, Hertfordshire. Visits to the Centre give an insight into the future of space exploration - “sparking the imagination, electrifying the senses and galvanising young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering and maths.”

This unique education centre provides a rich interactive education programme complemented by exclusive access to the Mars Rover Yard, where the children could see the Mars Rover prototypes developed on the site; the ExoMars Rover project is a great way to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The education centre also has an interactive zone that includes exhibits covering the themes of space, energy, forces and magnetism, materials and maths.

On the Berkhamsted Partnership visit, the children tested and measured the sound produced by paper bangers to see who could make the loudest noise. They also looked at light, colour and reflection using kaleidoscopes. There was a highly interactive show investigating forces through Sir Isaac Newton’s laws of motion using rockets and a bed of nails!

The teachers agreed it was an amazing experience for the pupils and very interesting:

"The extensive range of interactive activities made the day very worthwhile."

"There were lots of interactive activities which they all enjoyed and learnt from. The presenters were excellent and so were the facilities."

The children were also full of praise for the day.

"I was very fun and I enjoyed electric-shocking my friends and learning physics. I would definitely go there again if I could."

"I had a really excellent time. The thing I enjoyed most was when we created and designed our own kaleidoscopes."

"It was a great day and I really enjoyed the Science room and the presentations in the afternoon. It was very interesting and I had lots of fun"

"Today was very interesting. We were told new facts and learnt a lot – all in a very fun way. Overall, this was a great experience and a good opportunity to learn more things."

"It was a great privilege to be allowed to go to the place where the Mars Rover is being built. We did wonderful scientific experiments and even saw a Mars Rover prototype. Overall, the trip was brilliant."

I liked seeing the Rover and watching the experiments on Newton’s Laws of motion. It was all fun to watch and participate in."

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