Our aim in this competition is to develop a programme of space themed activities for the Science Club. The theme is “Journey to Mars”, and we will include aspects of the sciences, engineering, horticulture and food technology. The theme is going to run for the whole year, and some of the sixth form are going to take the resources and run their own club for Years 5 and 6 at Llanfair Primary School. They need to spend 30 hours planning and delivering community service as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate. Working with the primary school will give them the chance to fulfil this, along with developing valuable transition links between the two schools.
Launching our rockets
Constructing our rockets
We plan for our competition entry to be a sustainable project, with students in future years continuing the links with the primary school and encouraging an interest in STEM subjects that will begin at an at primary and stay with the pupils as they move through high school. Having the support of Rolls-Royce this year will be very invaluable in making sure that, through participating in this competition, our pupils increase their “Science Capital” and are given the chance to see what opportunities there are in STEM based careers. To further this throughout the year we hope to invite external STEM providers to the school. We have already booked Techniquest Glyndwr to visit in November to run a space themed day for pupils in year 5, 6 and 7, and hope to invite more visitors during the year.
We sent a weather balloon soaring up to 35000 feet! – that’s over 6 1/2 miles high!! – and these are the highlights of its journey. At it’s highest point there’s a fantastic image of the curvature of the earth with Mr URDD – a picture drawn by one of our primary school learners – looking down! (I think Mr URDD got a bit of a sun tan)
The balloon was fitted with a tracker and we followed its complete journey online recording its height, temperature and speed. The route was displayed on the TV in school. The balloon 1st travelled north, then south in the upper atmosphere winds, to then travel norh again to a field near to Chirk.
Neil is our mentor from Rolls-Royce – this is his Twitter timeline