Stansted students find space to train on NASA-led education programme

The ‘Mission X: Train like an Astronaut’ programme took place at Forest Hall School. The ‘Mission X: Train like an Astronaut’ programme took place at Forest Hall School.

Sunday, February 2, 2014
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To infinity, and beyond... students at an Uttlesford school hosted an international educational challenge run by NASA.

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‘Mission X: Train like an Astronaut’, which is also run by the European Space Agency and The UK Space Agency, took place at Forest Hall School, Stansted Mountfitchet. The programme allows students to take part in a variety of specially designed science and physical education activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The annual event was even bigger for 2014, with six primary schools taking part in the activities, as well as Forest Hall’s Year 7.

A Forest Hall School spokesman said: “We have enjoyed taking part in Mission X for a number of years having originally piloted the programme and becoming the lead school in the UK. There are 7,000 pupils taking part around the UK, as well as 23 countries worldwide.

“Students have the opportunity to blog and link up via video chat with other countries about their activities during Mission X.”

‘Missions’ for this year for science included ‘Sleeping in Space’ and ‘Working in Space’. Both have shown pupils what it is like to live and work in space and the many challenges that astronauts face, such as working in zero gravity and the effects that it has on the body. Missions in PE looked at endurance and fitness levels of astronauts in both their preparation to enter space and how they keep fit.

Teamwork skills were also a part of the day. One challenge involved being blind-folded, stood on a skateboard and being guided to put screws in to a piece of wood whilst wearing thick gloves.

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