Yesterday, some of our Year 7 and 8 students had the opportunity to participate in a Science Space Masterclass. The masterclass was presented by a representative from the Space Centre in Leicester, bringing the wonders of space closer to our students than ever before.

The session was a captivating blend of physics, chemistry and biology, showcasing how these subjects come together within the space industry, Students delved into the intriguing possibilities and limitations associated with living in space. From exploring how chemical reactions operate differently in the human and animal bodies in zero gravity to investigating the physical and biological adaptations necessary for space travel, the masterclass was a treasure trove of knowledge and hands-on learning.

One of the highlights of the session was the exploration of glow stick reactions. This simple yet fascinating experiment allowed students to see firsthand the chemical principles behind luminescence. The practical demonstration provided a vivid example of how chemical reactions can be applied in everyday objects and in space technology.

Students also had the chance to build and fly hydrogen and oxygen-powered rockets. This thrilling activity not only demonstrated the principles of rocket propulsion but also allowed students to engage in the engineering process, from design to launch.

The masterclass effectively illustrated the interconnectedness of different scientific fields and their application in space exploration. Physics principles explained the mechanics of rocket flight, chemistry unveiled the reactions powering the rockets, and biology shed light on how living organisms might adapt to life beyond Earth. This interdisciplinary approach helped students appreciate the complexity and excitement of working in the space industry.

Thank you to Dave, our presenter from the Space Centre, whose enthusiasm and expertise made the session both educational and inspiring. We also thank our dedicated science technicians who prepared all the equipment and ensured that everything ran smoothly.