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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

Well, it has been a fun packed summer so far, what with the GEM 106 team coming in each week, and testing themselves against the public, to see who has what it takes to be an astronaut.

To be honest they have been doing much better than I expected with very high scores overall. I hope they try the balance test this week. I think it is the most difficult of all the challenges - and the most fun!


If that wasn’t enough, we have just started our under 5’s Astronaut George trail around the galleries. This brand new trail uses our interactive galleries and special children’s costumes, which are related to the theme of the galleries. Unfortunately the costumes don’t fit the members of our Education Team; I was very disappointed I couldn’t dress like a star or an alien for the day!


However this disappointment was short lived after I saw the excitement on the faces of all the children dressed as astronauts, scientists and my favourite, a shiny star!


I am now even more thrilled that, starting in the new term, these costumes, along with a trail and workshop will be available especially for foundation classes.


In this new workshop Astronaut George will be present to answer the children’s questions and tell them what it is like in space. He will then set them challenges to train like an astronaut, using the trail and our interactive gallery exhibits. The day will conclude with a specially designed tour of the Solar System and a look at the stars in the night sky in our planetarium.


We will be piloting the new program, which supersedes Sunshine story time, in September and it will be available soon after. So keep a look out  for more information and booking details on the website.