Schoolchildren train as astronauts for the day


Children from two local primary schools got the chance to find out more about life in space during a University of South Wales event this week.

MissionX1Year 6 pupils from Cymmer Primary School in Rhondda and Goytre Primary School in Monmouthshire visited the University’s Aerospace Centre in Treforest for the Mission X event.

The exciting session was held as part of the international STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education programme run by Emma Wride, Astro Cymru project officer and Professor Paul Roche, Chair of Astronomy Education at the University.

In the first year that Wales has participated alongside 24 other countries, pupils listened to a talk on living in space by UK astronaut candidate Tim Peake, experimented with space food and even tried on a real Russian space suit. They also took part in a lively Mission X rap with science rapper Jon Chase.

Prof Paul Roche said: “Mission X is a great programme for engaging children with a wide range of health and science topics, using astronaut training as a fun motivator. It really inspires and engages them.”

The event was sponsored by the UK Space Agency and the Royal Aeronautical Society, and involved staff from the Faculty of Computing, Engineering and Science at the University.


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