School Outreach

Gravity Well used in class to demonstrate orbits

Bath Astronomers have been visiting schools for many years now to help encourage science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics through an interest in space and astronomy. Previous invitations have come from individual classes, year groups, or entire schools and we’ve been more than happy to flex our offerings or bespoke new content and activities depending on the individual needs of the group whether in Primary or Secondary school.

Our most popular activity is after school stargazing where we bring binoculars, telescopes, and our amateur astronomer as guides to your playground or playing field to have a look at the night sky.

Stargazing from the playground

Our evening stargazing events are usually designed around a carousel of activities with one stop being stargazing. Other stops can include making things to help understanding of the sky, making paper rockets, making rovers, investigating craters on the Moon, or playing with gravity. The carousel of several groups means manageable numbers at the telescopes and help keep people warm when its a bit parky outside.

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We can also visit during the school day to compliment to individual class or year group projects or subject of study whether in Primary or Secondary schools.

Primary School activities

Activity Pre-School Yrs 1 & 2 Yrs 3 & 4 Yrs 5 & 6
Evening Stargazing
Daytime Skywatching
Paper Rocket Making
Egg Launch Challenge
Make a Planisphere
Make a Martian Rover
Gravity Well Orbits
Making Telescopes
Making Craters
Make a Spectroscope

Activities last between 30 minutes to 1 hour and can be run in series for a morning or afternoon of space and astronomy.

Projects Pre-School Yrs 1 & 2 Yrs 3 & 4 Yrs 5 & 6
Living on the Moon
The Planets
Astro Pi – Mission Zero
Astro Pi – Mission Space Lab

Projects can run over several days or weeks.

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Secondary School Activities

ActivityYrs 7 & 8Yrs 9 & 10Yr 11Sixth Form
Evening Stargazing
Using Remote Telescopes
Projects Yrs 7 & 8 Yrs 9 & 10 Yr 11 Sixth Form
Space Weather Monitoring
Astro Pi – Mission Space Lab
Build a Rover

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