Features of the day included some wonderful keynote speakers including Dr Helen Sharman OBE (First Briton in Space) giving a scintillating talk entitled “Life in Space”, plus an awesome presentation given by Dr Helen Mason OBE about Our Sun.
Among many other activities, students were really enjoyed the mobile planetarium kindly provided by Winchester Science Centre . The day was concluded with a really exciting Q&A. Students from all schools asked some brilliant questions. Pupils exit survey comments on the day included:
Seeing Helen Sharman was one of the most interesting things I have every done
I think it really made me want to be a person who works in space
Brill-i-ant It was really cool and with all the activities it was really amazing
It’s been very enjoyable
I loved today – thank you
Very informative, fun and inspiring
Brilliant, really inspiring, fun and yummy
EXIT SURVEY KEY FACTS
100% of students enjoyed the day
98% of students found the day INTERESTING
98% of students found the day INFORMATIVE
94% of students found the activities ENGAGING
96% of students said the day had interested them in SPACE or SCIENCE
Spacelink Learning Foundation with the kind permission of Chris Lee headteacher at Broadwater, were able to run another fantastically successful Get Space Day. The aim of the day was to inspire and engage young people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects, though the medium of space. Schools were represented from both the State and Private sectors and from Primary and Secondary schools. Features of the day included some wonderful keynote speakers including Professor Lucie Green, gave a scintillating talk entitled “15 million degrees a journey to the centre of the sun”, Dr Sheila Kanani enthused with a talk on her Space interests and career opportunities. Vix Southgate gave a very interesting talk on Yuri Gagarin and the Russian Space Race and Professor Chris Welch gave a wonderful talk on “always keep trying” and opportunities in the Space Industry. Professor Chris Welch of the International Space University on behalf of Spacelink,
then presented a £100 prize to the Priory School Lewes, who were the first school to submit an entry for the Norman White Award.
There were many activities during the day which included:
The very popular Planetarium presentations provided by the Winchester Science Center, Matt from Spacefund with a Robokids workshop, Heather MacRae with Mission X type activities, David Putland (STEMNET) who was going to use solar scopes but due to the adverse weather conditions run sessions on meteorites, Francis Bell of GEO gave presentations on weather satellite imaging and our David Shelton with a Mars Lander – egg challenge. Students comments on the day included: “awesome and amazing”, “it made me want to be an astronaut” and “I’ve learnt so much I didn’t know before”. (A full exit survey is available).
Finally our compliments to the Broadwater School prefects: Speakers, Students and Staff all commented on the polite, helpful and friendly students of Broadwater; thank you and Well Done Broadwater!