Tuesday, 30 October 2007


Welcome to Sotira's Cosmic Diary

Well, here is the first of my postings for the science education based activities I have been delivering over the past few months.

The main aim of this blog is to act as a contribution to the International Year of Astronomy 2009's Global Cornerstone Projects, one of which being a "Cosmic Diary".

I will tell you more about this in later posts but for now here was how my day went today.

The activity for today was the second day at the Touchstones Museum in Rochdale, Greater Manchester which is one of the educational events for the Manchester Science Festival. There are not that many visitor attractions in Rochdale, especially for kids, and the children attending the session today were so enthused they didn't want to leave!

In fact, at one point during the day, one mum asked if I could keep an eye on her kids for half an hour while she nipped off to ASDA to do her shopping. Charming!

The session for today was the Forceworks exhibit that is part of Glasgow Science Museums outreach activities. It is a fully hands-on museum piece that allows children to conduct a series of simple experiments to investigate forces. The experiments have been specially designed for Key Stage 2 children and supports programmes of study and QCA schemes of work in Science (UK curriculum). The experiments are wrapped around investigating principles such as magnetism, pressure and gravity.