Thursday 30th September 2010 by C. Freeman
Students had an action-packed visit when they visited the National Space Centre in Leicester. They looked around the exhibits, saw a film; 'We Are Astronomers' and took part in a 'space challenge' to name and experiment on a comet.
The whole year group visited the centre on three separate day-long trips. There they split into groups of about 15 to tackle a task in the Challenger Learning Centre. Half of the team formed ground control while others were conducting experiments at a separate location in 'space', they were each given different roles and tasks to fulfil.
The trip links directly to the curriculum at Brooke Weston as students undertake a space project back in the classroom so the visit to the Space Centre gives them a greater insight and understanding.
Mrs Boyce said: 'In the Challenger Centre it was vital for them to work collaboratively. The person on communications had to co-ordinate and forward all the information to the medical person, the route planner and the person doing experiments. So each individual had to feed information from their task back to communications who relayed it to the right person at the right time. They had to work closely together and usually had an “emergency” to tackle, like low oxygen levels, and they have to work out how to deal with it.'