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  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "The students really enjoyed and engaged with the mission"

    Geoffrey Whyne, teacher

  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "Thank you for giving the children such a unique experience."

    Ms de Bruyn, St Andrew's School, Weeley

  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "I will definitely be coming again!"

    Bronte Highfield, St. Andrew's Primary School

  • Education at the national Space Centre

    "It's rare to find engagement of this kind"

    Maria Stapenhill-Hunt, Thomas Deacon Academy

Gem 106 stars make rockets

Could you be selected to be Britain's next astronaut?

Well, we have been attempting to answer that here at the National Space Centre as part of our All Star Summer. We have been putting our visitors through their paces, to see if they have what it takes to go into space.

We are testing reactions times, balance and communication amongst other things to see how they stack up. It's not only bragging rights that are at stake here but we are also offering the chance to win prizes to the best performing stars.

With it all on the line, radio presenters Sam, Amy and 'Dangerous' Dave from Gem 106's Breakfast Show came along to get in on the action!

They joined us on 24 July and what followed was a tense, highly contested battle to be top of the table!

Down in the galleries, up close with the public the competition heated up with strong performances from everyone. The tests started with a humorous tone after every distraction trick in the book was used during the reaction time test. False counts, questions and even the old 'Hey look over there' trick didn't slow our presenters down. A short break was taken, to film weather reports before the competition started back up.

The next was the hand eye coordination test, this straightforward task of assembling a simple model is made frustratingly difficult through the medium of simulated astronaut gloves. Tensions rose and after a long discussion of strategy and tactics, Sam smashed our current record setting a blisteringly fast time!

The final challenge was the construction and launch of blow rockets. Amy demonstrated her craft skills and excelled at this task deftly creating and launching accurate rocket after accurate rocket.

With the challenges complete we now have the scores to beat. With pride and prizes at stake we have been left with two of the GemStars, who will be spending Fridays with us to ensure that when the radio presenters are eventually beaten, everything is above board!

So if you think you have what it takes to make the Astronaut corps, head down this summer and we will put you through your paces in our All Star Summer challenge!