Pupils at Gatcombe Park Primary School had a Visit from Space last week, when Professor Claudia Maraston, Dr Jen Gupta and Dr Daniel Thomas visited their school for a morning of astronomy activities. The 30 Year 5 pupils found out more about the Universe that we live in, explored the scale of the solar system, learnt how astronomers see invisible light, and found out how they can contribute to ICG research by participating in Galaxy Zoo. At the end of the visit they got to put their questions to the team, and asked a fantastic range of questions about everything from the planets in our solar system to multiverse theory!
The event was the first in 2016 for ICG’s popular ‘UP for Space – A Visit from Space’ programme that visits a different local primary school each month. In the 2015/16 school year, it has also already been to St John’s Catholic Primary School, Newbridge Junior School, and ARK Ayrton Primary Academy, with future visits planned to Beacon View Primary Academy, Arundel Court Primary School, Isambard Brunel Junior School, Holbrook Primary School, and Fernhurst Junior School. The visits are run by ICG researchers and Physics undergraduate students, and organised through the UP for Juniors team of the University of Portsmouth’s Education Liaison and Outreach Team.