BBC calls on High School girls to help with Stargazing Live
The top-rated BBC show encouraged experts and enthusiasts across the country to organise events including planetarium shows, rocket making, star parties, alien activities and night time star cruises as well as topical talks and discussions as part of a national stargazing celebration.
In Cornwall the ‘Stargazing’ event was held at the Eden Project on Tuesday, January 8 and the subject of the moon was handed over to the capable hands of year 10 and 11 students at Truro’s all-girls school.
With the help of their science teachers, the seven Truro High students split themselves into five groups to deliver interactive presentations to the thousands of people who visited the Eden Project to watch the event. The aspects covered were: seas of the moon, crater formation, lunar landings and the phases of the moon. They also gave people the chance to create their own 3D paper model of the moon.
High School Head of Science, Jon Dean, explained: “The invitation to take part came from Brian Sheen, director of the Roseland Observatory based in St Austell. Two of the students who took part in the Stargazing programme had completed a week’s work experience at the observatory last summer. Brian was impressed with their attitude, behaviour and understanding and felt they would be perfect participants for the BBC’s Stargazing Live event at Eden.
“I was delighted because the girls have studied the solar system and the ‘Big Bang’ theory in GCSE physics and it was an excellent way for them to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding as well as pass on their enjoyment of the subject.”
Year 11 student, Tamsin Wiskin, one of those to have worked at the Roseland Observatory, said: “It was a great experience and really fascinating to see people becoming more and more interested in what you said. As the evening progressed I could feel my confidence growing and my performance improving and eventually, because we attracted people of all ages and levels of interest, I started making slight adaptations to fit the audience.”
Louise Johns, another year 11 pupil whose work experience had been at the observatory, explained: “It’s rare to find people interested in physics so I really enjoyed myself. I did feel that some members of the audience were testing my knowledge, but I wasn’t intimidated, explaining something helps reinforce personal learning.”
High School Headmistress, Caroline Pascoe, said: “What an excellent opportunity for the girls who took part, exciting, stimulating and a great learning experience. We’re all proud of the effort they put into making the project a success and feel sure it will have helped them enormously as they prepare for their GCSE examinations.”
CAPTION: OVER THE MOON: (l to r) Ceinwen Morgans, Cheryl Li, Ellen Rodda, Louise Johns, Tamsin Wiskin, Eleanor Boam and Jasmine Tonkins with their props from the Stargazing Live event.
Ends 21 January 2013
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