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Ever wondered what it would be like to hold a tiny piece of the Moon? Now you can find out in this full day workshop celebrating the famous Apollo Missions.

The Apollo Mission Day has been specially created for Key Stage 1 and above. The workshop is based around actual pieces of Moon rock and lunar soil brought to Earth by the Apollo Mission astronauts in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Moon rocks are incredibly rare and are on loan to the UK’s Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) from NASA and borrowed by Creative Space!

nasa lunar samplesThis awesome full day workshop is designed to accommodate up to 120 pupils over four sessions within the school setting. Don’t worry if you have a larger year group – just get in touch to discuss your requirements. Additional teacher-led activities can be included to consolidate learning objectives. All equipment, worksheets and handouts are supplied… including real bits of outer space! All you need to do is give us your school timetable so we can create a schedule tailored to your typical school day.

Due to the rarity of the lunar samples, this workshop is only available by pre-arrangement at least three months in advance of your preferred booking date.

The Apollo Mission Day is designed to include an immersive planetarium film, drop-in workshops, classroom activities and science demos. A typical programme goes like this:

Workshop session 1
Back To The Moon For Good: an immersive planetarium film which starts with the last Apollo mission and looks at possible future missions including a human Moon base.

the moon rocks worksheetWorkshop session 2
The Moon Rocks!: drop-in, hands-on activities including ‘Investigating Moon Dust’ where students compare and contrast Earth soil and real Moon dust, recording observations using hand lenses and a digital microscope; and ‘Moon Formation’ where students hold real meteorites and watch experiments using gloopy liquids to find out how the Moon was made.

Workshop session 3
Moon Mappers: a computer/iPad-based citizen science workshop with students contributing to a real science project by classifying Moon craters.

Workshop session 4
Making Craters: a messy hands-on activity where pupils make craters using pebbles, flour and cocoa.

Alternative workshop sessions include Lunar Literacy (making links between the Moon and everyday language), Moon Games (KS1 only), dating the Moon using radioactive decay (from KS3), and sketching Moon creators from pictures captured using the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. Activities can be tailored to suit age and ability.

“I really liked looking at and feeling a real Moon rock and reading the facts about the different types of moon. Loved it!”

Frankie, age 8

Go back to the Workshops page for a list of all the workshops we offer. Or use the form below if you have a specific enquiry or want to check dates and availability.

Cost
The cost for an Apollo Mission Day is:
£575 for a full day

Price includes all materials and specialist equipment.

Location & space
The planetarium and Moon Rocks drop-in activities need to take place in a large hall, other activities can use any space within the school that can accommodate up to 30 pupils (classroom, library, etc). The planetarium is for indoor use only and needs a floor space measuring 6 x 6 metres plus a height of 3.2 metres. The floor space needs to be clean and dry. Access to electricity is essential.

Travel & overnight stay
Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of Hastings, and charged at 45p per mile if you need us to travel further. And if the journey is over 90 miles, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £35. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

Booking
Once you’ve read and agreed to our Workshop Terms & Conditions, please use the Workshop Booking Form to make your booking. If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.

Holding real meteorites at our Apollo Mission Day

Lunar artworks at our Apollo Mission Day

Moon Mappers citizen science project