Space exploration fun at Garstang Academy

Students at Garstang Community Academy held a space science day
Students at Garstang Community Academy held a space science day
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It really was rocket science when pupils at Garstang Community Academy took a break from usual lessons.

Their chance to reach for the stars came when Year 8 pupils had a Space Day.

Five activity sessions ranged from making model rockets, creating a moon buggy and competing to see which one ran the fastest, to visiting a blow up planetarium to view star constellations.

Science teacher Miss Vicki Oliver said: “We are studying earth and beyond. It’s a circus of activities... learning about the passage of the planets, why we have day and night and how the lunar calendar works proved thought provoking and fun. They’ve responded even better than I thought they would.

“They’ve enjoyed it, had some brilliant ideas and the group work has been brilliant.”

Jack Tomlinson, 13, from Garstang, summed up the experience saying: “It’s been good.”

Antonia Lancaster,12, from Catterall declared: “I love it. I love science. I liked firing the rockets and making them.”

For Ross Green, 12, from Bilsborrow, making the rockets was fun too. “It’s good fun – you got to make the space buggy and we put an egg in them to see if it would balance,” he said.