Youngsters at Southfields Special School were given the unique opportunity to actually touch a piece of space rock, as they were allowed to handle some genuine meteorites, as part of a science day. These rare samples were provided free of charge by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), which provides educational packs in a bid to inspire young people to get involved in science and complement classroom studies. The pack provided by STFC includes a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite. It is unlikely that students will ever get the chance to hold an object older than this, as Earth itself was formed 4.6 billion years ago. Also included during the day was a presentation on the Apollo missions and the chance to make and launch stomp rockets. An update on the JWST making full use of the Astro-boost activities. Oh and not forgetting the opportunity to taste some real space food.
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