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2014

Count down to Tayside Space School begins

11 March 2014

30 aspiring astronauts from across Dundee will gather at Abertay University on Saturday (March 15) to mark the welcome return of Tayside Space School.

Now in its seventh year, Tayside Space School gives local children the chance to see how the things they learn about in science at school are used by scientists in real life to explore outer space.

On Saturday the new recruits will make their first foray into the world of space exploration by entering the TechFest Mobile Planetarium.

Inside, they will learn about the planets in our solar system, and the stars and constellations visible in the night sky, as they are given an introduction to the science of space.

Speaking ahead of the event, Dr Alan Bruce from Abertay University said:

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming this year’s space cadets to Abertay on Saturday. Space School is always a lot of fun, and it’s great to see how much the children get out of it.

“Because Space School is so different from the children's day-to-day school experience, it can be a great way of sparking their imaginations and engaging them even more in their learning.

“Over the coming months, we’ll cover everything from space shuttles, Neil Armstrong and the moon landings, to the Mars Rover, black holes and the fact that there is still so much to discover and so many possibilities for the future.

“We hope that by finding out about the real life applications of science, the children will consider sticking with science subjects for longer at school and, eventually, become the next generation of space engineers or astronauts. And who knows? We might have the next Commander Hadfield in our midst, or even the designer of a revolutionary new kind of space shuttle!”

Tayside Space School is run by Abertay University in conjunction with Dundee City Council.

Further events will take place in April, May and June, with Space School culminating in a week-long summer school at Abertay in July.

During that week, an astronaut and Space Educator will visit from NASA to help run workshops – which include ‘Mission to Mars’ and ‘Rocket Launching’ – where the children will get to carry out their own experiments and have the chance to ask any questions they may have about what it takes to get a job exploring outer space.

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For media enquiries please contact Kirsty Cameron T: 01382 308935 M: 07972172158 E: k.cameron@abertay.ac.uk

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