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Truro High Space Pod Day inspires local primary schoolchildren to reach for the stars

Almost 200 children from ten primary schools all over Cornwall have taken part in special workshops to link in with British astronaut Tim Peake’s space mission and provide a fitting end to National Science Week.

The event was organised by Truro High School for Girls which was one of a number of schools in the UK selected by the European Space Agency to host events designed to inspire a new generation of space travellers.

The half day workshops saw the children learning a little more about life in space and trying out a custom-built space sleeping pod for size. Food was also on the menu with the youngsters getting an insight into the planning required to cater for a long mission away from Earth.

Stage two of the space mission took the children into the school’s laboratories where they replicated Tim Peake’s own experiments in space and got the chance to control robots to learn about the principals of working remotely.

Truro High School’s Head of Science Jon Dean said: “The event proved tremendously popular and we very much hope the boys and girls who took part will feel inspired to learn a little more about the science behind space travel.”

The school is a firm believer in educating its girls about the many STEM careers available and all pupils at the school take GCSEs in all three sciences. Last month the school hosted workshops with the world land speed record team Bloodhound SSC and in June it will again stage a major event, this time aimed at Year 8s, to mark National Women in Engineering Day.

Published by: Grace Kennard
Categorised in: News

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