Before half term 90 key stage 3 students had the chance to experience The Portable Planetarium, a six metre state-of-the-art digital mobile planetarium, presented on behalf of Winchester Science Centre.
Students were able to see the stars in a full 360° display and were able to ask the astronomy experts from the Science Centre fascinating questions about our Solar system and the galaxy around us. Some of our students had never been to a planetarium before, so the experience proved to be very popular with the children, with many queuing up for a second look!
Our students had a magical experience and were entranced by the simulator effect. Once inside the dome, the students were able to see how planets and stars in the galaxy are recreated to give the feeling of total immersion.
Head of STEM Stratianna Davi said, “We are very lucky to have been visited by The Winchester Science Centre. Activities like this allow our students to have first-hand experiences that they otherwise might not choose to visit outside of school. By encouraging our younger students to experience STEM-based activities on a regular basis we can strengthen and nurture their enjoyment of Science and Engineering careers in the future. It’s always a pleasure to welcome outside organisations such as The Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium to the School as it creates a diverse and memorable experience for the children to enjoy. Our thanks go to all that helped with this and special thanks to the PE department for giving us the space for the day”.
To find out more about our STEM-based activities please see our faculty area https://www.bohunt.hants.sch.uk/faculty-areas/stem/ and for more information about The Science Centre in Winchester, please visit their website https://www.winchestersciencecentre.org/