Children at Cotgrave Candleby Lane School have been exploring the wonders of the universe at school with the help of a visiting astrophysicist.
The lessons were given inside a special dome where images of space were projected, giving children an immersive experience.
Astronomer and Astrophysicist, Irina Vladimirova visited the school to help children to understand more about the universe and said, “Sharing knowledge about the stars, planets and space with children of this age is important, after all, they are our future space explorers!”
Irina says that children’s natural curiosity is inspiring. “Hearing that children are very interested is the reason we do this job. It is especially important to be a role model, and in my own case particularly so for girls. I may not look like their idea of a scientist and I do still come across girls who ask if it’s possible for a girl to be a scientist, or if a girl can really go into space- they just don’t believe it’s possible!
“It would be a dream come true to discover that one day, a pupil who took part in a lesson in a Wonderdome became a scientist or an astronaut. That really would be a dream come true!”
Cotgrave Candleby Lane School pupil, Phoebe Handbury, age 9 years, said she has always been interested in space. “My favourite thing was learning about how we are sending robots to mars. We are sending robots because it is dangerous, and we don’t yet know what is up there. I think if I had the chance I would go into space because I am really interested in it. I am interested in the history and the race between Russia and America to get into space too.
“I think of all of the planets, Venus is my favourite and I would definitely like do this again if I could. It’s been really interesting!”