A group of 30 Year 7 pupils recently had an overnight adventure to the Midlands.
Their first stop after leaving school was the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham, which is a disused jewellery factory. Activities included learning about how gold is extracted from the Earth, making medallions and taking a trail around the museum galleries. We also had the opportunity to step back in time to 1981, (the year that the factory closed), to see how the factory was run and how it produced jewellery. A highlight of this tour was the little Scottie dog tokens that were punched out of a sheet of brass for us.
The evening was spent at the National Forest Youth Hostel, where we designed habitats for space adventures, held a bin bag fashion show with the theme of new NASA space suits and took part in a general knowledge quiz.
After a night of not very much sleep we ventured to the National Space Centre in Leicester, where we spent the morning among rockets and space suits, finding out what it would be like to live on the Space Station, drive a Mars Rover and even film our own weather forecasts!
The afternoon saw the group being split into two and challenged to save the Earth from a comet impact. Half of the group became astronauts on a Space Station, where they designed and built a probe to send to the comet to knock it off its course, with the remaining half being the Scientists in Mission Control. A radiation leak aboard the Space Station which saw the evacuation of the astronauts turned out to be a false alarm, but provided a chance for the Mission Control scientists to test out their skills on orbit. Teamwork saw the success of the mission, and the Earth was saved from destruction.