This week it’s half-term and we’ve been to a different Manchester University place. This time it was the Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
We went to see a science show including experiments, videos from Tim Peake whilst he was in training, activities for the children and lots more! Daniel was in one of the experiments which showed how rockets get into space – Newton worked out that every action has an equal and opposite reaction. The coolest experiment was when the lady popped a balloon filled with hydrogen with a match. There was a big explosion as the hydrogen burnt with the oxygen, which is what happens when rockets fire up.
We also got these activities with questions. I knew most of the answers already because we did Space as our topic at school. We got the questions right so we got a sticker. We saw the HUGE Lovell telescope move which was really exciting and scary!!! There was a Galaxy garden with all the planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. I’ve got my own mneumonic: Mums Very Elderly Mother Just Served Us Noodles. There was also this really cool miniature solar system called an orrery which is a mechanical solar system and when you turned a handle, it made all the planets orbit the sun.
At school, I had found out about someone called Nikolaus Copernicus, who discovered that the Earth revolved around the Sun and not vice versa. It turns out he is one of Mum’s favourite historical characters. There was info about him at the museum and I found out I’ve been saying his name wrong. Its not Coppernickers after all, but Co-PER-nicus!
More about space and Tim’s Pricipia mission: www.destinationspace.uk
Music we heard in the show which has been made from radio signals received by the Lovell telescope: http://www.jb.man.ac.uk/multimedia/audio/hellomoon.html
We had a brilliant time and we hope to go there again soon. I recommend you go and visit too, you’ll enjoy it!