Flying through the solar system in a planetarium, examining nocturnal creatures, star gazing and learning about the history of rockets were just a few of the mind-blowing activities on offer at Astro Eve on 2 November.
Dulverton Junior School led Astro Evening as part of the Exmoor Primary Science Partnership. The Astro Evening included five of the primary partners who selected children to attend this popular event, which included pupils from Exford First School, Dulverton Junior School, Cutcombe First School, Timberscombe First School, East Anstey and Bishops Nympton Primary Schools.
With the help of Sophie Tyler, the Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at Exmoor National Park, the budding pupils and their teachers soon got to work exploring the different activities on offer. Sophie said “Exmoor National Park became the very first International Dark Sky Reserve to be designated in Europe in 2011 and as a bookend to our 2017 Dark Skies Festival we were delighted to work with Dulverton Junior School to be part of their Astro Evening. It was wonderful to work alongside, Exmoor Zoo, the Space Odyssey Planetarium and the Tiverton Astronomers to bring educational workshops to the students. We were even lucky enough with the weather to take pupils outside exploring in the darkness, we learnt about night vision, made human star constellations and even got a few glimpses of the stars through the clouds. A great night had by all and Exmoor National Park very much look forward to working with Dulverton Junior School again very soon.”
Mike Homes, Partnership and Science Lead at Dulverton Junior School said “Astro Evening was such a wonderful learning experience for the children. It was great to see so many amazed faces throughout the evening. Thank you to everyone involved in planning and delivering this exciting evening.”
Carly Hatch, Head of Dulverton Junior School stated, “We were thrilled to have the Education Team from Exmoor Zoo, Astronomers from the Tiverton and Mid Devon Astronomy Society and Simon Ould's space Odyssey mobile planetarium at the school to provide an excellent evening of hands on workshops and talks, we even attempted to create star constellations on the playground.
“Thanks to the Odgen Trust, this was an incredible opportunity for our local schools to be leading primary education in Space exploration,” continued Carly, “We would also like to thank the workshop leaders, teachers, school staff, governors and parents, all of whom ensured this event was truly exceptional!”