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KS3 Workshops

Our Earth under Threat

Earth Under Threat

A team building workshop in which groups need to work in separate teams to deal with a possible Earth impact from a Near Earth Object. After receiving information about Near Earth Objects the students will then take on the role of a crisis team formed to help avert disaster on Earth. The workshop is concluded when the presenter amazes the audience by creating a replica of a comet.

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NXT – Martian Rover Explorer

NXTThis is an interactive workshop using Maths, computing and problem solving skills to program the LEGO NXT rovers to complete challenges on Martian terrain mats. Using co-ordinates, angles and measurements your students must program their rovers to destroy the alien, remove boulders from the transportation area, return the NASA rover to its charging point and then make it to the digging site.

However, there is a dust storm approaching so the rovers must be quick to complete their mission.

Note: Unfortunately this workshop is not available as outreach

 

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Life in Space

Are you Suited for Space?This is an exciting, informative workshop whereby students can find out what it is like to be an Astronaut living and working on the International Space Station. We explain the dangers of carrying out an EVA (spacewalk) and why the different layers of the Space suit are necessary to protect the Astronaut.


Explore topics like why losing pressure in a space suit could be life-threatening and see the devastating effects of increasing kinetic energy.

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NXT Mars Rover Challenge

MarsYardHave your class always wanted to be robotics engineers, programming a rover to complete challenges across the surface of Mars? Well now you have the chance to bring your class here to the National Space Centre to do just that, by taking part in the National Space Centre’s interactive Mars workshop.

Working in small groups, your children will find out more about Mars rover missions, how to programme one of our LEGO NXT robots and then compete in some Mars challenges.

Note: Unfortunately this workshop is not available as outreach.

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The Great Rocket Challenge

Rocket Science

With a small budget students must work together to design, construct and launch a rocket to 'land' on the Moon. The craft must be designed based on strict criteria, and using only materials purchased with their budget. Which team will win the great rocket race?

Working in teams of 3 to 6, children work together to find out what variables influence the speed and the distance their rocket will fly. Students complete the workshop by competing to see which rocket goes to the Moon and then share their results with the other groups.

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From our Blog:

Shuttle launch in the Challenger Learning Centre.As we wave goodbye to the summer we are ready to welcome all of our school visitors back to the National Space Centre. We are especially excited as we have a multitude of new goodies ready to offer for the new school year!

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Scouting and Guiding:

Fantastic packages for Scouting and Guiding Groups.

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Space Missions:

Blast off on one of our specatacular space missions!

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