Pupils in our Junior (Year 3/4) STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) hobby club are embarking on an exciting new adventure. The group are taking part in ‘Mission Starlight’, a global experiment in which thousands of children from schools all over the world can collaborate and upload their results to the Royal Society of Chemistry.

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The children will be investigating and examining materials that protect astronauts in space, a project endorsed by Tim Peake, the UK’s European Space Agency (ESA) Austronaut to whom the pupils were introduced by video message. Their first tasks was to find out what the best material is to make an astronaut’s helmet from. They enjoyed their mission immensely and used a variety of materials as well as special colour changing beads that react to UV light. Amelia R (Year 3) said “ I enjoyed seeing the beads change colour and seeing what different colours they made.” Year 3 Teacher, Mrs Hamilton, was overwhelmed by the children’s enthusiasm and cannot wait to see what other challenges they will complete over the coming months.

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Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is one of 5 schools (and the only Prep School) in Norfolk who have entered this challenge. Whilst learning lots of interesting facts and sharing information with other schools around the globe, the children are also working towards gaining stickers in their passport for the Superstar Crest Awards, a recognised scientific qualification run by the British Science Association.