Youngsters enjoy ‘out of this world’ event

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Students and the local community flocked to Eckington School the school to experience attractions such as the Virtual Reality Experience and the pop-up planetarium, at an exciting evening of space exploration. The students helped supervise activities on the night and the event uptake exceeded everyone’s expectations. The event featured several competitions, the main attraction being a chance to win a family ticket to the National Space Centre. Students aged between nine and 13 were asked to design a planet in the form of a poster. The winner was Oliver Madej from Killamarsh Junior School.

The school’s catering department also provided space-themed refreshments to guests.

Four guest speakers gave talks on the night, and audiences were given an insight into everything from Tim Peake’s journey to the International Space Station to the solar system and the lightspeed universe.

Andy Shelton, a member of the science team at Eckington School, organised the event with sponsorship from Vision for Education and NEDCC, said:

“The event was a huge success. It was great to see the local community engage in science.”