Leicester Undergraduates Demonstrate Solar System Science at the National Space Centre

Posted by Donald Bowden at Sep 10, 2019 09:27 AM |
Leicester Physics undergraduates took part in an engaging outreach programme at the National Space Centre over the summer.
Leicester Undergraduates Demonstrate Solar System Science at the National Space Centre

Left to right: Harsh Patel, Michael McKee, Eleanor Morton and Sam Shingles with their demonstrations of science from across the Solar System.

Leicester physics students took part in the National Space Centre’s Science Interpreter programme this summer, engaging in a range of science outreach activities. As well as interactions with visitors to the Space Centre, the students also wrote blogs on their chosen science topics as well as visiting local libraries and the recent City Festival in order to engage with people outside the Space Centre’s site.  The programme culminated in a set of exciting demonstrations designed and developed by each of the science interpreters.


Eleanor Morton’s Searching for Life on the Icy Moons demonstration invited visitors to make their choice for astrobiological targets, with the assistance of some evocative smells from each location. Harsh Patel’s demo, Drilling for Life on Mars, let members of the public extract their own “Martian” drill core, explaining the aims and ideas behind the upcoming ExoMars rover mission. Michael McKee showcased an impactful demonstration on BepiColombo and the Craters of Mercury, using a real meteorite to form colourful craters. Sam Shingles used a striking demonstration of convection through coloured water to talk about Earth Observation, asking; what’s behind the weather?


The Science Interpreter programme was established in 2016, and brings together the enthusiasm and expertise of Leicester Physics & Astronomy undergraduates with the outreach resources and experience of the National Space Centre.

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