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    NI Science Festival

    Celebrate this year's NI Science Festival with W5

    Throughout NI Science Festival (13 - 23 February), we're running lots of exciting events for schools! Check out what's on.

    The Space Show (Outreach)

    Space is exciting, but really dangerous as well! W5’s very own space adventurer can show you why in this interactive show. How many planets are in the solar system and what do you know about them? How do we get a rocket into space? What do astronauts need to bring with them on their trip? All of these questions and much more will be answered during our space adventure.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 1 & 2. Please note - this event is an Outreach event delivered at your school/facility. This event is available to book from 13 to 23 February.

    W5 Star Dome - Explore the Stars (Outreach)

    W5's Star Dome is a giant inflatable dome that pupils sit inside, look up and enjoy the show with top-notch video and sound technology. Inspire your pupils with an all-encompassing view of a journey through the stars with our immersive dome projection system. For key stage 1 or 2 pupils it is a 30-50-minute activity. The pupils are shown imagery of the International Space Station and Tim Peake's mission into space or introduced to the incredible potential of the James Webb space telescope. They also have a full tour of the night sky and discover how to find out constellations and the amazing stories behind them.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 1 & 2. Please note - this workshop can be offered as an outreach event delivered at your school or during your visit to W5. This event is available to book from 13 to 23 February.

    Destination Space - Workshop for Key Stage 2

    This workshop focuses on some of the amazing skills needed to be an astronaut, a scientist or an engineer. After looking at how astronauts get off the ground, pupils conduct a series of engaging activities that explore the problems of living in space and some of the unusual solutions! To finish they can try on a replica of the Sokul suit as used by crew on the International Space Station.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 2. This workshop is available to book from 13 to 23 February.

    Moon Adventure Workshop

    In this new, interactive workshop we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings.

    Following the announcement from NASA that missions to the moon will be taking place again within the next 5 years, this session explores the space missions that travelled around the moon and then successfully landed on the surface for the first time. Come and design a research moon buggy to get back to the landing module on the lunar landscape and discover a lot more about the Apollo missions along the way!

    Curriculum links - KS1/KS2 Movement & Energy, TSPC, Maths & Numeracy & work systematically / recognise patterns and relationships / make predictions / develop strategies to add / estimate weight and time / use units of measurement.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 2. This workshop is available to book from 13 to 23 February.

    Living and Travelling in The Solar System

    In the next few decades we hope to place humans on Mars, mine the asteroid belt, explore the Ice Giant planets, and search for life on Europa and Enceladus. That will be done not by today's generation of scientists and engineers, but by the generation at school today. In this talk Prof. Alan Fitzsimmons from Queen's University Belfast will cover how we have explored our Solar System in the past, what we plan to do in the next 10 years, and what will follow. Concentrating on Key Stage 3 (Earth & Universe/Solar System) and Key Stage 4 (Space Travel/Space Physics), ideas and concepts relevant to the curriculum will be introduced and explained supported by a range of stunning images of space.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 3 & 4 and running on Wednesday 12 & Friday 14 February at 11.30am and 1pm.

    Destination Space: Mission Moon Show

    On 20 July 1969, humanity took "one giant leap" onto the surface of another world - the Moon!

    Over 50 years on, our team will provide a "space" for you to understand more about getting to and exploring the moon as well as investigating the future of our famous natural satellite. There will be no need to Apollo-gise for this fun interactive science show.

    Curriculum links - KS1/KS2 Place, Movement & Energy, TSPC.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 2. This event is available to book from 13 to 23 February.

    Destination Space: Workshop for Key Stage 1

    This interactive, show-style workshop will introduce young pupils to space travel, the ISS and the work of astronaut Tim Peake. We'll listen to video advice from mission control, launch a mini rocket and through a series of simple challenges, test various materials for use in space.

    To finish, pupils will simulate a spacewalk, fixing a problem on the Space Station before returning to earth with a bump. This workshop can be booked as part of your school visit to W5.

    Curriculum links - KS1/KS2 Movement & Energy, TSPC.

    This event is suitable for Key Stage 1. This workshop is available to book from 13 to 23 February.

    For each event, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place for any of our events or to find out further info & costs please ring 028 9046 7790.

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