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Space explorers of the future land at RAL

3…2…1…lift off! World Space Week got off to a great start at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, with 180 primary school pupils taking part in a Space Explorers Day on 4 October. The United Nations organised week, which runs annually from 4-10 October, is a celebration of science and technology, with thousands of events held worldwide.

Lots of exciting activities were in store for the budding space explorers. Throughout the day, pupils got to try out various space-themed activities, including going inside a planetarium, launching rockets, studying meteorites and more.

In the darkness of the planetarium, pupils experienced the night sky up close, learning about star constellations and the stories behind them. They also learnt about how the human eye adjusts to the dark, as well as examples of how constellations have influenced culture and society.

Next up: an ‘Earth Observation Detectives’ session led by Catapult, learning about the importance of satellites and earth observation. They then attempted to create their own origami satellite models, exactly 62 years to the day since the launch of Sputnik 1, the first ever satellite.

The space explorers also learnt about the Apollo 11 mission, the astronauts involved and the pioneering computer programmer behind the mission’s success, Margaret Hamilton. The process of launching a rocket and the distance between the Earth and the Moon was demonstrated on a much smaller scale, allowing pupils to appreciate the challenges of the three-day journey. Pupils then had the chance to make and launch their very own rockets!

At the ISIS Neutron and Muon Source (ISIS) pupils took part in a ‘Microscopes and Meteorites’ activity. Here, they had the opportunity to examine space rocks under a microscope, before learning about how the world-leading facilities at ISIS can act as very powerful microscopes themselves.

The children had a fantastic time, with one pupil from Hagbourne School commenting “My favourite part of the day was everything we’ve done so far!”

Inspiring young people and the wider public in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) is a core value at STFC.

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16 March 2021
How knowing your left from right can bulk up shellfish
How knowing your left from right can bulk up shellfish

Scientists from Evonik Industries and the University of Reading have used STFC's ISIS Neutron and Muon Source to study the difference between two forms of a new feed supplement for shellfish that is more sustainable and nutritious.

19 February 2021
Powering the European Spallation Source
Powering the European Spallation Source

STFC and the University of Huddersfield have successfully delivered the final assignment of radio frequency distribution system waveguide runs to the European Spallation Source (ESS) project in Lund, Sweden.

15 February 2021
The cycling app harnessing satellite data – giving you more choice about your route
The cycling app harnessing satellite data – giving you more choice about your route

Huli is the newest start-up at the Higgs Centre for Innovation, at Royal Observatory Edinburgh (ROE). They join the European Space Agency Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) programme with an ambition to get more people cycling – through their innovative new app, Huli.

13 January 2021
CARME sets off from Daresbury to Germany
CARME sets off from Daresbury to Germany

The CRYRING Array for Reaction Measurements (CARME) vacuum chamber has left STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory for its new home in Germany.

07 January 2021
Upskill apprenticeships prove it's always a good time to learn
Upskill apprenticeships prove it's always a good time to learn

A study co-funded by STFC and led by a team of researchers from Imperial College London may have uncovered why bone inflexibility can be linked to hip fracture risk.

18 December 2020
The bare bones of hip fractures
The bare bones of hip fractures

A study co-funded by STFC and led by a team of researchers from Imperial College London may have uncovered why bone inflexibility can be linked to hip fracture risk.

15 December 2020
Scientists divulge superhero secrets with children's ward and libraries
Scientists divulge superhero secrets with children's ward and libraries

A team of super scientists are divulging their super-power secrets with children across the country this Christmas.

11 December 2020
STFC celebrates 10 years of bringing space technology to UK start-ups
STFC celebrates 10 years of bringing space technology to UK start-ups

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is celebrating 10 years of being part of what is now the world’s largest space innovation network for technology start-ups. For the UK alone, companies are achieving a 92% survival rate and have collectively raised more than £75 million investment.

 

20 November 2020
Daresbury Apprentice scoops NW Apprentice of the Year award
Daresbury Apprentice scoops NW Apprentice of the Year award

Daresbury Laboratory technician Alex Headspith has won the North West BT Advanced Apprentice of the Year award, in the regional round of the prestigious National Apprenticeship Awards 2020.

02 November 2020
40 years of impact from a world-first facility at Daresbury
40 years of impact from a world-first facility at Daresbury

STFC's Daresbury Laboratory is celebrating 40 years of world-changing impact thanks to research carried out at its Synchrotron Radiation Source facility (SRS), one of the world’s most pioneering scientific inventions of its time. 

Last updated: 28 October 2019

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