Wow factor in Wales! Students from Cymmer Primary School and Goytre Primary School attended the Welsh closing event supported by the University of South Wales, ESERO-UK, and Astro-Cymru. Professor Paul Roche and Emma Wridle were hosts and Dr Hannah Garrett, Amy Nunn and MC Orbit were on hand to give cosmic insights into food and exercise.
Welsh students attending the closing event hosted by the University of South Wales enjoyed A Taste of Space in an interactive workshop looking at space food led by Amy Nunn.
The workshop involved an introduction covering some of the history of how space food has developed since the early days of space travel and looks at the technology involved in preparing food for space. This was followed by a class discussion about the topic and a hands-on group activity.
The workshop included an engineering activity where pupils work together in teams to design packaging for their favourite food that would make it suitable to take into space. They then built a prototype model from a variety of materials provided. The groups took it in turns to show their models to the rest of the class, explaining the features included in their designs.
The class took their completed design sheets and prototypes back to school for further classroom discussion.
Over 110 guests joined Tim Peake and staff from the UK Space Agency to close Mission X 2014 at the Farnborough International Air Show. Here are some of the comments from students from Kingswinford School, Dudley courtesy of Mrs P.
‘My thoughts on today is that the event was fantastic and very inspirational. Meeeting Tim Peake and seeing him turn a simple dream nto something as brilliant as he’s doing, is amazing!’
‘I found the whole day to be inspirational and breathtaking. After meeting Tim Peake and seeing the determination and the ability of the Pilots was astonishing. Overall, it was a brilliant day!’
‘I enjoyed the day at Farnborough today, mostly meeting Tim Peake and learning how living as an astronaut is. I liked learning new things especially about space travel and what it is like to be an astronaut.’
Students and teachers took their astronaut training to a new level with a visit to the man-carrying centrifuge facility at QinetiQ in Farnborough on Tuesday 3 June 2014.
Students from two schools – Banbury Space Studio School, Oxfordshire and St Andrews and St Marks Primary School in Kingston visited the specialist facility, unique in the UK, which is used to prepare fighter pilots and astronauts for the high G forces of air combat and launch/re-entry. During their visit students witnessed the physiological effects of the Earth’s gravity in the laboratory and could see how such effects become problematic at the higher levels of ‘gravity’ experienced when the human body is exposed to acceleration. Man-carrying centrifuges were made famous in the Moonraker film when James Bond was nearly tested to destruction.
Great British Space Dinner
The UK Space Agency has launched a competition for school children between the ages of 7 and 14 to design a British-inspired, balanced and exciting meal for British ESA astronaut Tim Peake to eat during his 6 month mission to the International Space Station (ISS). The winning contestants will be invited to develop their ideas further with celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal, and these ideas will be turned into real space food that will be launched to the ISS. They will also be invited to an event that will include a live link up with Tim during his stay on the ISS.