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Kielder is out of this world for young Gosforth students

One hundred and thirty 11 and 12 years old pupils from Gosforth Central Middle School had a science lesson about space which was out of this world at Kielder Water & Forest Park’s Observatory.

This trip was part of a Newcastle city-wide initiative to make science as interesting and stimulating as possible for students.

Jonny Instone, class teacher at Gosforth Central Middle School said: “The trip to Kielder Observatory was great fun for all the kids involved. They got the chance to use solar filters to observe solar flares and to use the rotatable observation decks to position the telescopes.

 

"They also enjoyed learning how to use their observations to interpret information about the solar system. Above all, the excellent subject knowledge of the team at Kielder gave the kids a solid basis to build on their understanding of the solar system and gave them an example of how their enthusiasm for the subject could be utilised in the future.”

Newcastle Science City is encouraging young people in the city to study science and realise how exciting careers in this field can be.

Peter Arnold, chief executive, Newcastle Science City said: “Space is one of the most dynamic science topics a pupil can study and this Kielder trip seems to have capitalised on this fact with great success. I am delighted the students all enjoyed their first science field trip and hope they are inspired to learn more about space as part of their studies.”

The students followed up their star gazing exploits by studying the constellations and the myths surrounding them, as well as learning how telescopic technology allowed astronomers throughout history to develop theories and models of the solar system.

They have also used computer programmes to design and simulate launching their own planets into the solar system, taking into account the effects of size on gravity and orbit size on year length.

 

Dated: 30/04/2009

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