Meeting Major Tim Peake!
On Tuesday 1st November and Wednesday 2nd November 2016, six Year 6 pupils from St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School had the opportunity of a lifetime! They got to meet British astronaut Tim Peake and other space experts, presenting their findings from their Rocket Science project at the first Principia Conference for schools.
The school was lucky to have been chosen with over 1, 000, 000 pupils from all over the UK taking part in activities and experiments linked to local astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia Mission. Our Year 6 pupils were chosen for their excellent Rocket Science work, where they had to grow 100 rocket seeds, 50 of which had been on the International Space Station for 6 months. The pupils found out that the seeds from space did not grow as well, although there was not much difference between them nationally.
The Principia Conferences for school were organised by the ESA and UK Space Agency, who want to encourage more children to study STEM subjects. Six pupils from St Catherine’s Class attended the event and had to explain their findings of the Rocket Science project to space experts including Tim Peake himself! The pupils were excellent representatives of St Catherine’s school and loved meeting our local astronaut.