This workshop kicks off with a talk about these elusive icy visitors and concludes with an chilly astro bake-off!
The introduction answers questions like “What is a comet?”, “Where do they come from?” and “When were they formed?” and introduces famous cometary names, revealing some history behind them. Comet 67P/Churyomov-Geresamenko features in the talk, which was visited by the Rosetta Mission.
Following the talk is a demonstration of ice cooking in a mobile cosmic kitchen. Using ingredients found in real comets, the demonstrator will make an icy scale model in front of the audience, who will then get the chance to make their own comets in a chilling hands-on workshop. Brrrrrrr! Finally, participants will be asked for their scientific observations… what did the comet smell like?, was it making a noise? and what did they see happening?
We supply all the ingredients (including dry ice), but need at least two weeks notice to order in the supplies. We’ll also bring along all the necessary protection (goggles and protective gloves).
Each session lasts about 45 minutes and we’ll need another 15 minutes to clean up and prep for the next session (its a messy workshop!). The workshop works best in a science lab or classroom, with a projector, water supply, and deep sink (ideally in the same room).
“Everyone had a ball it has to be said. It was very entertaining, but above all we learned a lot about comets. We won’t forget this night in a hurry!”
Jason Hall, General Secretary, Ashford Astronomical Society
The costs for our Comet Workshop are:
£275 for a half day: up to 3 x workshops
£475 for a full day: up to 5 x workshops
Price includes all materials and specialist equipment.
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 will take us over 2 hours, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £40. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.
LOCATION & SPACE
This workshop works best in a science lab or classroom, but can take place anywhere that can accommodate a projector and screen, plus enough tables and chairs for the audience. Running water with a sink and drainer, either in the room or nearby, is also needed for this messy, hands-on workshop.
Once you’ve read our Workshop Booking Guidelines, please complete 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.
HEALTH & SAFETY
• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• All our presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID