Workshop Format & Timetable
Wheatley Hill Community Primary School is based a few miles from Durham and is part of a science cluster of 8 schools which attended the Space Camp CPD event in the summer 2018 which is funded by Shine (the Stephen Hawking Foundation) and organised by Durham University science outreach department. This event led to the school organising a space science week at which I was invited to present 4 STEAM workshops about the Moon in context of the 50th Anniversary of the First Apollo Moon landing in 1969. This was an ambitious daylong project working with 5 year groups. We looked at historical and current missions, and glimpsed into future lunar exploration plans by NASA, Chinese Space Agency and ESA (European Space Agency). This included the Apollo and Artemis missions, Chang’e 4 Lunar Probe and Rover. We also discussed plans to build a Moon village on the farside of the Moon. The children were asked to translate this information into artworks using pop-up, collage and drawing techniques to create Moon cards.
Schedule & workshop format
There were 4 sessions during the day ranging from an hour to 1.5 hours in length, so it was meticulously planned as it needed to engage with a wide age range. Using the pop-up card format enabled all children to create space images and write facts. We started with a PowerPoint which included lunar and space science with my ‘Moon-shot: Woman on the Moon’ artworks to inspire adventurous and experimental ideas. They were encouraged to ask questions and communicate what they had learnt through the earlier space science projects that week. All classes were well informed about the Moon and space which meant that advanced conversations could take place. I had created example Moon cards to inspire their hands-on activities and showed them a basic structure to which they could then add. To assist with this, they had images and fact sheets for reference and inspiration whilst they worked. The younger children were given STFC ‘Hands on the Solar System’ posters whilst the older children were given STFC ‘Moon’ posters.
The repeated presentations and workshops were a wonderful format in which to communicate historical, current and future lunar missions, but it would have helped to have had a little more time for the making part of the workshop. All the children were engaged throughout the day and were delighted with their achievements. Yet again the Moon was very popular with primary school pupils.