Astrocampus: Visit

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The Astrocampus has a dedicated space-themed classroom, suitable for up to 30 students. A standard visit is two hours, but arrangements can be tailored to your school requirement.

KS2:
  • A guide to the night skies (stories of the constellations and what to look out for that evening)
  • Egg Landers: An introduction to Mars landers followed by a design challenge to make a lander to safely bring an egg down to Earth.
  • The extremes of space: demonstrations of the effects of a vacuum and of extreme cold (using liquid nitrogen)
  • Take-home activities: making mini paper rockets and paper meteors
  • Seeing the invisible: How there are types of light that are invisible to our eyes but are used by space telescopes (IR and UV)
KS3
  • A guide to the night skies (stories of the constellations and what to look out for that evening)
  • Egg Landers: An introduction to Mars landers followed by a design challenge to make a lander to safely bring an egg down to Earth.
  • The extremes of space: demonstrations of the effects of a vacuum and of extreme cold (using liquid nitrogen)
  • Seeing the invisible: How there are types of light that are invisible to our eyes but are used by space telescopes (IR and UV)
  • Rocket design (paper rockets launched using air pressure)
KS4
  • A guide to the night skies (Planets, stars and deep sky objects including other galaxies and the different stages of stellar evolution)
  • Rocket design (paper rockets launched using air pressure)
  • Spectroscopy: Making spectroscopes and analysing light to establish stellar composition
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum: hands-on activities to demonstrate the use of the EM spectrum in Astronomy (including an IR camera and gamma ray detector)
KS5
  • A guide to the night skies (focussing on stellar evolution)
  • Talk from an academic (please see ‘talks’ page)
  • Spectroscopy: Making spectroscopes and analysing light to establish stellar composition
  • The Electromagnetic Spectrum: hands-on activities to demonstrate the use of the EM spectrum in Astronomy (including an IR camera and gamma ray detector)
  • Data analysis activities (Solar Cycle and/or Doppler shifting galaxies)

All Astrocampus workshops include a tour of the facilities (pitched at an appropriate level for the students) and the opportunity to use the telescopes (weather permitting): solar telescopes are used to view the Sun for day-time visits, optical telescopes are used for viewing stars and planets for evening visits; radio telescopes are used by Sixth Form groups only.

The precise nature of the activities may vary slightly, but suggested activities are given below.

To book a visit to the Astrocampus, please complete the booking form at the bottom of the page.

Risk assessments for the site and activities are available for downloading on the ‘Resources’ page.

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