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Inspiring Wellacres’ astronomers

Posted at 11:03 am on 29th January, 2019

Stargazing at Jodrell Bank

In January, Wellacre students visited Jodrell Bank to learn more about the world of astronomy.

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As part of the co-curricular astronomy club, the students have been learning about the theory behind astronomy and building their own telescopes in preparation for the visit to the internationally renowned giant Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

The group of Year 7, 8 and 9 students participated in a range of learning activities to develop their understanding of satellites and astronomy.

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They learned about about how satellites pick up radio waves to identify galaxies and stars as well as different types of waves including ultraviolet and infrared.  Interactive activities followed, included the ‘Ray Box’ challenge, in which the students planned an experiment to explore the most effective materials for a new satellite.

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Mrs Siddall, Teacher of Science, said:

“These students have really enjoyed the astronomy club and the trip was a great way to finish the term’s learning.  It was a fun-packed, educational day, which developed their understanding and interest in astronomy even further.”

During the visit, Wellacre students also took a tour of the facility and the iconic Lovell Telescope, which they viewed rotating and moving to point at a new point in the sky.

Year 7 student Nicky said:

“We enjoyed a variety of fun activities, which taught us lots of new science facts about astronomy!”

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George, also Year 7, added:

“We worked really well in teams during the activities.  My favourite challenge was trying to direct a laser light using mirrors, refractors and reflectors!”