Published on 18 March 2014
Over 300 Fife school pupils took part in a solar celebration at the University of St Andrews today (Tuesday 18 March 2014).
Around 320 children from 10 schools joined Dundee Science Centre at the University of St Andrews to celebrate their learning in the ‘What’s out There? Explore our Amazing Universe!’ science and literacy project.
The Dundee Science Centre and Fife Cultural Trust project, delivered in collaboration with the University of St Andrews, has been running since January 2014. The initiative has included professional learning for teachers and visits to Dundee Science Centre for children, where they have had the opportunity to discover the wonders of our solar system and beyond, and enjoy some hands-on exploration of how we use invisible light to understand what’s out there.
Pupils have been working on the project within and outwith school, using Dundee Science Centre’s ‘Travellers on Spaceship Earth’ loan box resources to create their own myths around star constellations and hunt for exoplanets – planets beyond our solar system. Each child received a copy of one of the series of science adventures, written by Stephen and Lucy Hawking. Children have been designing and launching rockets, writing letters to Stephen Hawking, contacting the International Space Station, learning to code in binary and lots more. Each teacher received a copy of ‘Why we are Not Alone: Why We Have Already Found Extraterrestrial Life’ by local astronomer and author, David Darling, who is joining the celebration to share his own journey and adventures in science and writing with the youngsters.
The children shared their work with each other, as well as David Darling, Louise Smith, CEO of Dundee Science Centre, and University of St Andrews student ambassadors.
Lauren Boath, Science Learning Manager at Dundee Science Centre said, “We are delighted to have been running this initiative, working in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust and the University of St Andrews, and by the feedback from children and teachers in participating schools. The project has had a positive impact in the classroom, and on learning. Children, teachers and families have embraced the project, and the opportunities it offers, taking it in many diverse directions, led by the creativity and interests of the children. We are really excited about sharing the children’s learning with the public at Dundee Science Centre, and having the opportunity to celebrate their learning with them.”
Dundee Science Centre is open daily from 10am-5pm. For further information, please telephone 01382 228800 or visit www.dundeesciencecentre.org.uk.