World Space Week - Year 8 enjoy Jodrell Bank workshops

World Space Week - Year 8 enjoy Jodrell Bank workshops

At St Cuthbert's we are excited to be celebrating World Space Week.

Today, 8th October 2019, to help celebrate, we invited Jodrell Bank into school to share their work with us.  

Year 8 students used mirrors and lenses to focus infra red onto detectors.  This is similar to how large telescopes work in space.  Students took part in demonstrations to show how infra-red is emitted from their bodies using an infra-red camera.  This included students climbing into black bin bags and viewing their legs inside using the infra-red camera. 

Students also investigated the best material to make a heatshield.  They were given materials, infra-red lamps and thermometers.  Students were given the use of equipment not normally available to secondary schools which they engaged with straight away.  

Alexi (from Jodrell Bank) talked about current work to launch The James Webb telescope in 2021 to see more detail than ever before.

Students were encouraged to talk about communication and teamwork being the key to important project work and for employment.

You can find St Cuthbert's and our involvement in World Space Week on their website at

Thank you to Jodrell Bank, see you next year.

The Science Department














What is World Space Week?

World Space Week is an international celebration of science and technology, and their contribution to the betterment of the human condition. The United Nations General Assembly declared in 1999 that World Space Week will be held each year from October 4-10. These dates commemorate two events:

  • October 4, 1957: Launch of the first human-made Earth satellite, Sputnik 1, thus opening the way for space exploration
  • October 10, 1967: The signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activites of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies.

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