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Storm in a Glass!

Create your very own storm in a glass using: 

  • Shaving cream
  • A large glass
  • water
  • Food coloring
  • A spoon

Clouds in the sky hold onto water. They can hold millions of gallons! The layer of shaving cream is our pretend cloud in this experiment. The shaving cream layer can also hold onto water. Clouds can’t keep storing more and more water forever, eventually they get too heavy. When that happens, the water falls out (precipitates) as rain, snow, sleet, or hail.

Watch the video below for guidance. Have fun!

Storm in a Glass! Scientist Joe: Experiment of the Month

Make a model of a rainstorm in a glass!


The Astro Science Challenge is no completed! Well done cadets for all your hard work! I have attached your certificates for passing all the challenges - WELL DONE! 


This week, have a go at making your own lava lamps!

What you will need:

  • A bottle, jar, or tall glass
  • Baby oil or cooking oil
  • Water
  • Food coloring
  • Alka-Seltzer or an antacid tablet

Lava Lamp

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This week, its time to build your own rockets! Think about what materials you could use  -tissue boxes, toilet rolls and plastic bottles. 

Here are some pictures for inspiration. Good Luck!!

  Extra challenge: Can you make your rockets fly? Good luck!

The Astro Science Challenge

15/6/2020 - Challenge 6

This week’s Mission is all about readiness for launch, final preparations and the all-important rocket that Tim and his crew mates travelled in - the Soyuz rocket. Your task is to explore Sir Issac Newton’s third law - for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. In Activity 17 you are going to build a rocket so this activity is all about building the skills and knowledge you will need to understand what makes it move.

Watch the Clip below.

Your activity is below the video clip. 

Mission 6: Build and Launch a Rocket | The Astro Science Challenge | UNSA (Unlimited Space Agency)

Mission 6 is all about building and launching rockets! And Mini Jon is on a secret mission...

Using your scientific enquiry skills and working with a partner:
• Read more about Newton’s third law of motion and how it affects us living on the Earth
• Present your findings in a way that shows you understand:
- that gravity pulls objects to the Earth
- air resistance can affect how objects are pulled to the Earth
- Newton’s third law of motion is true.

You could make a presentation or film yourself demonstrating the laws. 

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8/6/2020 - Challenge 5

Watch this clip and look at the changes that happen in a 24 hour period.

Breathtaking Time-Lapse Video of Earth From Space | Short Film Showcase

Using footage from NASA's Johnson Space Center, filmmaker Fede Castro creates a captivating time-lapse video of Earth from space.

  • Next, look carefully at the photographs taken from the ISS showing the sunrise and sunset on the Earth on the power point slides and talk to a partner about how those images make you feel and any questions you have.


Using your enquiry skills and some practical investigations, find out about how we measure a day on Earth:

• Consider: time, clocks, sundials, shadows and shadow clocks as starting
• Think about night and day, clocks, time and how the Moon and Sun affect
how this happens.
• Have you found out anything new or changed your mind about something
you thought you already knew?

  • Present what you find out in a creative way to others – maybe making a model with recycled materials or a diagram, graph or table, or you might want to write what you know in the shape of the Moon or the Sun.


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18/5/2020 - Challenge 4

Watch Episode 4 from the Space Shed ‘Astro Coding’.

Talk to somebody at home about when you think coding is used in space. What do you think controls the ISS while it is in space? COMPUTERS! What do they use to communicate? CODE! Code is just a language. A language like Spanish or French but instead of using it to communicate with people from other countries, we use code to communicate with computers. Basically, if you learn computer code, you can tell the computer to do anything you want it to do!

  • Using one set of orange HTML cards and one set of blue CSS, read through the bold text on the front of the cards in turn making sure everyone knows what they say. Don’t worry about the back of the cards for now.
  • Follow the the Power point and use the cards to help answer the game questions on the screen.


What is code?

Ruth Nicholls of Young Rewired State answers the five most frequently asked questions about Computer Code...

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11/5/2020 - Challenge 3

What do you think astronauts need to do to keep healthy in space? Establish the effects of space travel on bones and muscles. Muscles can become weak and bones can become brittle - similar to osteoporosis. The diet and fitness of an astronaut are vital
as they can’t really take a day off or visit the doctors if they are unwell.
During his mission on the ISS, Tim completed an EVA – Extra
Vehicular Activity - on Friday 15 January 2016. A spacewalk!


What would an astronaut like for dinner?
Using the information provided about calorific requirements and the calorific
content of the food aboard the ISS:
• Design a meal for an astronaut such as Tim Peake before doing an EVA.
• Present your findings in an informative way focussing on the needs of the

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4/5/2020 - Challenge 2

Using the links in the Resources section and through your own research
answer the question ‘What is space weather?’
Finding out the answers to these questions will help you:
• What is the Sun made of?
• What are the effects on Earth of the Sun?
• How do we know this?
• Why do we need to wear sun cream on Earth?
• How are the auroras (northern and southern lights) formed?
Write a short report about what you have found out.

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27/4/2020 - Challenge 1

Research and present to others about our solar system. Some key
information is provided for you on the Solar System Fact Cards. You should
* The main planets
* The Moon
* The Sun
* The approximate position of the ISS