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School Visits

Rocket launching during National Science Week 2006

We offer a wide variety of talks, demonstrations and activities that are delivered either through a school visit to MSSL or by one of our scientists and engineers visiting your school. The information below covers a selection of events we have run in the past, but we are able to adjust according to age and interest of the audience. There is a small charge for some of the activities to cover the cost of materials. We also ask that the school covers travel costs of the speaker.

We offer activities for primary and secondary schools.




Title Cost Duration Group size
Exploring the Solar System
Learn about the nature of the planets in the Solar System and the distances between them.
free 40 minutes Up to 50
Mars lander
Design and build a Mars lander that will safely bring an egg down to the ground.
free 1hr 30 minutes Up to 30
Comets
An introduction to the mysterious objects that live on the far edge of our Solar System. They may have bought water to the early Earth and even the seeds of life.
£3 per student 40 minutes Up to 50
Star finders
Make a map of the night sky that can be used at any time of the year and have a talk about the stars.
free 40 minutes Up to 50
Make a sundial
A introduction to the Sun and make a sundial and learn how to use it to tell the time.
 free  40 minutes
 Up to 50
Water rockets
A introduction to rockets with the launch of a water rocket at the end.
free 1hr
Up to 30
Title Cost Duration Group size
Mars lander
Design and build a Mars lander that will safely bring an egg down to the ground.
free 1hr 30mins Up to 30
Rocket workshop
Build a rocket in groups of 3 to 5 and test whether it survives the launch!
£5 per student 1hr 30mins Up to 30
Space engineering
Design and build a structure which is light and strong, mimicking real space engineering.
£2 per student 1hr 30mins Up to 30
Observing the Sun
Use solar telescopes to observe sunspots and learn about the Solar Orbiter mission.
 free 1hr 30 mins
 30
Talks on variety of astronomy or engineering subjects free 1 to 3 hours
Up to 50
Talk with the 3D wall (availability dependent!) (free) 1 hour Up to 40

Exploring the Solar System
Learn about the nature of the planets in the Solar System and the distances between them.
All ages
The Sun-Earth connection
This talk covers the effects of the Sun on the Earth from the aurora to damaged satellites
11 years +
Journey through the Sun
Go on a journey through the Sun's layers from the centre out, learning about its energy source, size and violent activity
11 years +
Mission to Mars
What are the condition on Mars like? Why do scientists think that water once flowed on the surface and will we ever find signs of life?
All ages
Express to Venus
What are the conditions on Venus like? The European Space Agency has a mission on route to the planet also known as Earth's evil twin!
All ages
Cassini-Huygens to Saturn and Titan Learn about the mission to Saturn and why we have gone there. See amazing images and find out the latest results. All ages
Impacts
Find out about the devastating affects shooting stars have had on our planet.
All ages
Comets
An introduction to the mysterious objects that live on the far edge of our Solar System. They may have bought water to the early Earth and even the seeds of life.
All ages
The evolution of the Universe
From the Big Bang, through star formation to the possible ends of the Universe. This talk covers it all.
11+
What use is space?
Why do we go into space and what can we learn?
A Level
The birth, life and death of stars
Find out how stars live and how size determines whether they die with a wimper or a bang!
11+
Space careers
Learn about the wide range of options of careers in space.
A level

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