Space and Solar System Workshop
Explore our universe with real science
The workshop contains seven practicals and various hands-on experiments to learn about space and our planets. It covers many curriculum-based topics such as gravity, forces and motion.
Half day or full day,
typically covers up to 50
students in a day,
contact us for bigger sessions,
Primary, Secondary, Sixth Form,
KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5
Explore All Our Planets with Our Inflatables
Measure Gravity Using the micro:bit
Conduct Space Experiments
Astronauts, rovers and space vehicles must constantly monitor their environments to function in space. Additionally, they conduct experiments on space bodies. We will use the micro:bit to carry out the following experiments in the classroom:
- Measure the temperature of the room
- Measure the light level in the room
- Test for water in a soil sample
Create a Tornado in a Bottle
Simulate the red spot on Jupiter with this experiment.
Fire a Stomp Rocket
Launch a soft rocket 100-200ft into the air to learn about thrust (can fire it safely indoors).
Create a Glowing Star Constellation
Learn how stars are formed and create the Hercules star constellation.
Typical Workshop Day
- Give children an overview of all the practicals we will be doing on the day.
- Group Activity - Ask children to places the planets in order of their distance from the sun.
- Practical - Ask each child to measure the earth's gravitational field using the Micro:bit device.
- Group Practical - Conduct an experiment to test a soil sample for its moisture, followed by two additional experiments to measure the light level and temperature in the room. These experiments will help students understand how we can monitor the environment in space.
- Group Practical - Create a Tornado in a bottle. Discuss how tornados are formed in space and discuss the red spot on Jupiter.
- Practical - Handout the star constellation patterns, glowing stickers and tapes, and ask each child to create a constellation. We will then charge the star constellations and watch them glow inside a light-box.
- Game - Fire stomp rockets (either indoors or outdoors), and discuss how space vehicles generate thrust.
- Usually, we will reset the session and repeat it for another group of children on the same day. As with all our engagements, we will end the day with a street-dance performance.