Making an impact

Simon Sheridan visited Woodford Green Primary School on Friday as part of the Tim Peake Primary Project. Simon’s presentation not only involved showing students the outreach meteorite collection, but also included a crater-making activity. Simon made quite an impact himself, with the Year 5 class teacher Mrs Jones quoted in the Guardian* as saying: “It was…

Parliamentary Showcase

The OU’s outreach meteorite collection was one of the star attractions at The Open University’s Parliamentary Showcase in the House of Commons on Wednesday 9 March. The event, attended by MPs, Lords and Senior Civil Servants was an opportunity to showcase the science and education benefits of space science research at the Open University. The…

Space at Pendragon School

On 26th February Diane Turner visited Pendragon Pre-school in Papworth Everard to kick-start their project on space. The children (including Diane’s twins) were able to identify Earth, the Moon and Mars and compared rocks from Earth with the lunar and Nakhla meteorites from the Open University outreach meteorite collection. There were excited discussions on how…

Visit to Porchester Junior School

On Monday 16 November Dr Simon Sheridan was invited back to his Junior School in Nottingham to talk to the current children about space science and jobs in the space industry.He ran three, hour-long workshops where the children performed experiments to investigate the effect of impacts on the Earth.  The sessions ended with the children…

Rosetta at Eton

On 12th November Dr Andrew Morse of the Open University’s Department of Physical Sciences and a member of the ESA Rosetta team gave a presentation entitled: “Rosetta – Landing on a comet” to Eton College Scientific Society.  The event was attended by approximately eighty pupils from both Eton College and Windsor Boys’ School. Dr Andrew…

Rosetta goes to the Isle of Man

On the 9th October Dr. Andrew Morse gave a presentation to about 100 year 12 pupils of Castle Rushen High school.  The presentation was about the Rosetta mission and the engineering challenges overcome on its 10 year journey to land on a comet.  The presentation also included handling the DPS meteorites collection. This was followed…

A Visit from Wellingborough Schools

On 23rd September the Open University hosted the annual visit of sixth-formers and their teachers from the schools in the Ogden Trust Schools-University partnership. As in previous years the students visited various research labs and enjoyed a demonstration of meteorites by Roy Adkin Roy Adkin talks meteorites to Wellingborough sixth-formers