25th January 2018
Moon Rock visits Milton Keynes Primary PRU
On Thursday 25th January 2018 something very special arrived at Milton Keynes Primary PRU. It was a large black box with several combination locks on. It was very “high security” and the Headteacher had to sign for the safe keeping of it whilst it was in our school.
The children were intrigued as to what was inside the box. They tried to guess but they were miles away from guessing the correct answer. In fact they were 238,855 miles (384,400 km) away from guessing the correct answer. That is the approximate distance from the Moon to the Earth and inside the secure box was samples of actual Moon Rock, all the way from the moon.
The children were able to look at, and hold samples of the moon rock and also meteorites. They were loaned by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and National Space Academy.
The children were totally engaged in the science behind the Moon Rock and meteorites and were amazed that they could actually hold something so real and from ‘the moon’.
The children demonstrated a real sense of intrigue when exploring the lunar samples and it was great to see such hands-on interactions with modern science. This was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
They had many questions, some of which we could not answer so we were able to research further for the next few weeks. They also had access to soil from the moon, which had been excavated during the Apollo missions of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and a meteorite fragment found in Africa.