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A Peake into Space!


Six lucky pupils from St Martin's Academy were amongst the young scientists invited to the Principia Schools Conference in York on Saturday for an inspirational day with British astronaut Tim Peake.


Last term, pupils at St Martin’s took part in a national experiment growing rocket seeds in school in an attempt to find out the impact of space travel on future plant growth. Pupils in all classes sorted, planted, nurtured and monitored 200 individual rocket seedlings and waited for Tim to reveal exactly which packet, red or blue, had been up to the International Space Station.  They shared their findings with Tim on Twitter as well as sending news of their other space inspired learning, regularly gaining likes and comments from the astronaut himself.Peake_2.jpg

Mr Roberts, assistant head at St Martin's Academy, submitted an application to present the work pupils had produced to Tim at the Principia school's conference and was thrilled to be selected as one of the youngest groups of young scientists to attend.

He said, “The day was inspirational.  To be able to take children so young to something as enormous as this was a brilliant experience.  We are certain that they have had their eyes opened to a universe of opportunity.”


Not only did the children get to listen to Tim speak about his epic journey, they were delighted that he came and spoke to each of them individually, answering their questions and asking questions of his own about the work they had brought to exhibit at the conference.  His genuine interest in the children's learning was obvious and made the experience even more special.

“Every child who took part in the experiment did so with 
a level of maturity and understanding beyond their years.  They will be considering the possibility of off earth colonisation further with an exciting science workshop in school with Molecular Marty from Fun Science.  Who knows, there may be future astronauts amongst them!”


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