Activities

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Activities with the computer icon are best done with student access to a windows computer (or emulator on a mac), students can work in groups.

Preview Age Suitability Title Short Description Duration
11 to 14
14 to 16

3-Colour Imaging
Create your own 3-colour image of an astronomical object. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Barnard's Star
Measure the movement and velocity of Barnard's Star. 60 mins
7 to 11
Day and Night Using a ball of play-doh and a torch discover what causes day and night here on Earth. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18
Galaxy Classification Use the Hubble Tuning Fork to classify galaxies. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Gravity Workshop
Use a gravity simulator to investigate how gravity changes depending upon where you are in the Solar System. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18
Hubble Flow Calculate the expansion of the Universe using real galaxy data, to recreate the work of Edwin Hubble. 60 mins
7 to 11
11 to 14

Hunting For Asteroids
Detect and calculate the velocity of nearby asteroids. 60 mins
11 to 14
14 to 16

Jupiter's Day
Calculate the length of Jupiter's day by tracking the Great Red Spot and using trigonometry. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Kepler's Laws
Take a look at Kepler's Laws of planetary motion and how they relate to the Solar System, but also exoplanets, investigating the TRAPPIST-1 stellar system. 90 mins
7 to 11
Light and Mirrors Investigate how light travels, how we see objects and how to write technical reports using this series of cross-curricular lessons. 5 x 60 mins
7 to 11
Literacy: Biographies Combine literacy and space by looking at how to construct biographies and autobiographies using Dr Helen Sharman as an example. 4 x 60 mins
7 to 11
Lunar Craters Primary Investigate the number and distribution of craters on the Moon's surface. 2 x 60 mins
11 to 14
Lunar Craters Secondary Investigate the distribution and size of craters on the Moon's surface. 60 mins
11 to 14
14 to 16
Lunar Mountains Uses algebra and images of the Moon to calculate the height of lunar mountains. 60 mins
7 to 11
Moonsaic Assemble mosaics of the Moon during different phases. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Seeing Workshop
Introduction to the concept of astronomical seeing and it's link to refractive index. 60 mins
7 to 11
Space Jobs New for Autumn 2020
Develop knowledge and understanding of the different jobs available to people who enjoy space and science.
60 mins
11 to 14
14 to 16
Speed Of The Planets A lesson that looks at the relationship between distance, time and speed. 60 mins
5 to 7
Stars and Stories New for Autumn 2020
A lesson guiding students to create their own constellations, using art, design, and maths skills.
60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Stellar Spectroscopy
Introduces and use spectroscopy to classify a range of stars. 90 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Sunspots Workshop
Uses sunspot data to calculate the solar cycle. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18

Tides Workshop
Use a 'Tidal Simulator' to investigate the tidal effects of the Moon and the Sun. 60 mins
14 to 16
16 to 18
Weighing The Universe A lesson that introduces the concept of standard index notation. 60 mins
11 to 14

Weight on Planets
How do the effects of gravity depend upon where in the universe we are? 60 mins

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