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Young star gazers make a space rescue

Published Monday, 18 March 2013

Astro- physicists of the future are involved in a space project to rescue two explorers, Scott and Shreena, who have fallen into a wormhole.

Unlike other astro – physicists these Enfield scientists are aged nine and ten and their rescue mission involves knowledge of space, time and accurate measurements.

Based in 19 Enfield primary schools and involving over 500 children, the mission makes use of a highly technical and accurate set of telescopes developed by Bradford University and mounted on Mount Teide in Tenerife in the Canary Islands .

Animated characters, Scott and Shreena bring the project to life and the children are expected to use their own knowledge and imaginations for the rescue operation.

With the aid of the Bradford University robotic telescope the children are able to see images from space through their school computers and order pictures for their own work.

Enfield Council’s school science consultant, Jason Harding, said, “The quality of work and passion that this unique project has aroused is inspiring. Over eight weeks children and teachers have produced amazing work showing a thorough understanding of our universe.”

Children at St Andrew’s primary school in Enfield have joined their lunch time science club and worked on this project perfecting their rescue missions.

Science teachers, Dymphna Baird and Stephen Gadd run the club with art coordinator, Clare Marshall.

Dymphna, says, “This project has not only captured the children’s imaginations – but has also been a source of wonder and knowledge for them. Our members are keen to learn and this experience has stretched them in the most positive way.”

The children at this school and others in Enfield are now putting the finishing touches to their work which is being exhibited at London ’s prestigious science establishment, Imperial College on Tuesday 26 March at an evening celebration, from 6pm – 8pm.

Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield ’s cabinet member for children and young people said, “Over 200 Enfield children are attending Imperial College where they will see their work displayed and meet eminent scientists.

“I am delighted that the council is investing in developing school subjects which help to improve skills and knowledge as well as giving children exciting experiences. This science project demonstrates how well children respond to complex theories – all credit to them and their teachers.”


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