Mission completed as pupils enjoy space school

Thanks to funding from the Institute of Physics, the hugely popular Abertay Space School has been able to reach more Dundee and Angus Primary Schools than ever before.

Pupils at Aberlemno, Edzell and Stracathro primary schools took part in the event this week.

In total some 800 pupils from primary 5, 6 and 7 will have taken part when the Space School has completed its mission.

Pupils learn about sound waves and hearing, weights and densities, gravity, air pressure, and states of matter, all through fun and engaging experiments such as the ‘Egg Drop’, ‘The Balloon Kebab’, ‘Marshmallow Man’, ‘The Black Hole’ and ‘The Straw and Potato Challenge’. They are also given a number of experiments to try at home.

The one-day roadshows, delivered by Abertay’s Dr Alan Bruce with help from Abertay undergraduate students Ross Gray and Emma Zajda and pupils from Dundee High School, are dubbed ‘Physics fun in space’ and have been a huge hit with pupils and teachers alike.

Alison McLure, National Officer (Scotland) at the Institute of Physics, said: “The Institute of Physics is delighted to support such an important initiative. The Abertay Space School generates excitement and curiosity in science by letting the pupils explore experimental science for themselves with the help of expert mentors.”