Folkestone pupils take a trip into outer space with interactive workshop
This week, Year 7 pupils at Folkestone Academy took a trip among the stars with the help of the University of Kent. The university’s outreach team organised an interactive workshop with the pupils, using their mobile Planetarium to teach a session that was out of this world.
The mobile astrodome, which is one of the most sophisticated in the country, uses a high-definition digital projector to provide a fully immersive learning experience. This is used to explain complex concepts in space science and to explore the universe in an interactive and engaging fashion.
A rolling programme of groups of Year 7s took it in turns to enter the inflatable dome and experience an informative and entertaining display. The astrodome gave the pupils the opportunity to gaze at the night sky in detail, showing off a range of celestial bodies as they learned.
Pupils discovered planets outside of our solar system that had the potential to host life and learned about the exciting prospect this could hold for humanity. They also learned more about the dramatic technological developments that mean there is a real possibility of living on Mars within their lifetime.