Blending science and performance arts, As Creatives' World Space Week workshops are an excellent way of engaging students with science and supporting them in understanding our neighbours in the solar system – as well as worlds much further away.
Our workshops are available both during World Space Week and throughout the school year.
From Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon to the photographs sent back by Juno on its historic and ongoing mission to Jupiter, we’re all entranced by our neighbours in the solar system. And space exploration nowadays, of course, is a collaborative and multinational affair, bringing the world closer together. Taking things one step further, this intriguing workshop asks pupils to imagine the day when interplanetary tours are possible. Informed by the endeavours of such new space actors as Virgin Galactic and Space X, they’ll plan, prepare and present short plays exploring the problems posed by visiting the sulphurous volcanoes of Venus, the gaseous storms of Saturn or the icy plains of Pluto. Just remember one thing: “In space, no-one can hear you scream …”
“The pace and variety of activities kept all the pupils engaged – and the dramas brought science to life!” (Teacher, Runcorn All Saints Primary)
The Race into Space
The search is on for Britain's next astronaut - and Major Tom wants your pupils help in selecting the best person for the job. He's found six well-suited candidates, all with different qualifications - but it's up to you to decide which one will win The Race into Space!
After meeting the Major at an opening assembly, and being introduced to the would-be astronauts, each class will be issued with a Mission: to use their maths skills to rank the candidates on one of a number of qualities. Each Mission calls on pupils to demonstrate mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem-solving abilities - and is in line with National Curriculum objectives for their year group. The Major will be on hand to visit each classroom with some vital, additional information - and the programme ends with a second assembly in which each class reports back its findings and helps whittle the field down to just one: Britain's next astronaut.
This exciting and engaging workshop provides an ideal platform for one or two-form entry schools to enjoy a shared maths experience - and learn something about the science of space travel too!
The Story of Flight
Discover how humankind left the earth’s surface for the skies and then space – and ultimately the stars – in this thrilling and action-packed drama-based workshop. Starting with the Icarus myth, pupils will explore, learn about and teach each other some of the scientific and technological landmarks in The Story of Flight, including Leonardo’s musings on helicopters, the Montgolfier brothers’ experiments with balloons, Orville and Wilbur Wright’s development of the aeroplane, Frank Whittle’s work on the jet engine and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon.
Lessons from Beyond
Specifically developed to tie into this year’s theme, “Exploring New Worlds in Space”, this engaging workshop looks at what we have learnt from our ventures into space over the last sixty years – and what we can hope to learn from the next sixty. Rooted in real science, the workshop uses drama as a powerful way of reminding students why we went into space in the first place – and how quickly our pace of learning and understanding is accelerating!”
Our travelling pirate, Captain Richard Morgan, has a new ship – but the Solar Surfer sails through the stars, not the seas! And as the Solar Surfer is powered by solar waves, of course, it’s vital that the Captain understands the differences between Red Giants, White Dwarves and Black Holes. But that’s the problem: he doesn’t. So he’ll arrive at your school in search of help.
After working in small groups on an age-differentiated independent carousel of activities, pupils will have all the information they need to solve his problems for him. And they’ll do that by performing dramatic representations of a range of different possible life cycles for stars – and alerting the Captain as to exactly what he needs to look out for!
Messages from Space
What if the planet Jupiter wanted to speak to us? How would it sound? What words would it use? And what if the giant black hole in the constellation of Sagittarius had a message for us? What would it be – and how would it be transmitted? After a warm-up activity exploring some of the characteristics of a range of inhabitants of the universe (including stars and comets as well as planets and black holes), and armed with age-differentiated FactFiles, students will answer these questions for themselves as they create and perform their own poetic Messages from Space!
Robert Lawrence - Fifty Years Since the First Black Astronaut
It’s fifty years since Robert Lawrence became the first African American to be selected for astronaut training. And although he died in an aeroplane accident before he could go into space, he paved the way for such future space explorers as Guion Bluford and Mae Jemison (the first black man and woman in space respectively) - with Jeanette Epps due to become, next year, the first African American member of the International Space Station. This celebratory, drama-based workshop explores the journeys that early pioneers had to take to get onto the space programmes - and the journeys they took towards the stars.
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