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Truro High pupils blast off with a preview of the Cornwall Sea to Stars Roadshow

Truro High School’s scientists were treated to a session with the stars this week as the ‘Cornwall – Sea to Stars Roadshow’ opened its doors for the first time. This interactive, mobile science outreach unit is one of only five public engagement projects nationally to this year receive funding from the Royal Astronomical Society.

Staff from Truro High School initially led the ‘Cornwall – Sea to Stars’ funding bid in partnership with Europlanet, Goonhilly Earth Station, Institution of Marine Science, Technology & Engineering, King Edward Mine, Roseland Observatory, Royal Institute of Naval Architects, Camborne School of Mines & the University of Exeter.

Pupils were treated to a sneak peek of this fascinating roadshow, which has been created by the consortium to showcase the best of Cornwall’s geology and astronomy, ahead of its public debut in Truro this weekend.

Director of the Roseland Observatory Brian Sheen and Clint O’Connor were on hand to guide our girls on this incredible journey through space.

The project will be blasting off on Lemon Quay in Truro on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 March so do join the team for what’s sure to be an inspiring, interactive insight into our solar system. The roadshow will then be heading off on tour to many remote locations in the county to engage Cornwall’s varied and often disparate communities with astronomy and geophysics.

“The ‘Cornwall – Sea to Stars Roadshow’ reflects the unique location, history and economy of our county,” said Truro High School Head of STEM Mr Jon Dean, who led the Sea to Stars bid. “Cornwall has dark skies, an extraordinarily rich geology, a world-famous tracking satellite station, and a fascinating astronomical and geophysical heritage. Nearly 5 million tourists visit Cornwall each summer, but the county’s resident population includes some groups of extreme deprivation.

“I think this project is a very exciting opportunity to promote the work of the RAS and engage some very different communities with astronomy and geophysics.” 

Published by: Grace Kennard

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