I found life on Mars, but I ate it!
With the warmer months here to stay, well in theory anyway, less cloud and clearer skies mean we can embrace the science behind the moon and stars that are sparkling up above us. Children have always been interested in what’s beyond what we can see with the naked eye and it’s such a fun and amazing subject to learn about as a family.
The moon landing in 1969 created a generation of budding astronauts and, a generation or two later in 2016, Tim Peake hit the hearts of all UK space enthusiasts when he played out his time in space on our screens via satellite link from the International Space Station itself. To top it off, earlier this year it was revealed that in 2018 the first two ‘Space Tourists’ will be flown around the moon. OK, so the majority of us will never be able to afford to do this, but the fact that they can send people now gives hope that future generations might have the chance to experience space for themselves at a more affordable rate.
We love the idea of this generation being so enthusiastic about space and so we have been having a chat with science enthusiast and blogger Emma Vanstone from Science Sparks about how we can make space and science fun for children.
“Space is the perfect topic to inspire a lifelong love of science in children. Even something as simple as drawing how the moon looks each night or looking for constellations is a wonderful way to catch a child's imagination and hopefully stimulate their natural curiosity about the world.”
Emma has created a whole series of fun experiments based on Space over at Science Sparks Space