Col­lege ventures into space

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Hor­sham Col­lege will shoot for the stars at its an­nual sci­ence ex­trav­a­ganza event in cel­e­bra­tion of the 50th an­niver­sary of NASA’S 1969 moon-land­ing.

From 6pm to 8pm on Au­gust 14, the ‘Dis­cov­ery Moon’ themed event will show­case a va­ri­ety of sci­ence-based ac­tiv­i­ties and student work as part of Na­tional Sci­ence Week.

Col­lege sci­ence learn­ing area head Tara Crowe said aug­mented-re­al­ity space ex­pe­ri­ences and ‘as­tro­naut tests’ would be one of many ac­tiv­i­ties on the night, in ad­di­tion to ‘tra­di­tional’ sher­bet and ex­plo­sions.

“It’s go­ing to be an amaz­ing night,” she said.

“We have two gov­ern­ment­funded ed­u­ca­tional or­gan­i­sa­tions com­ing along, The Vic­to­rian Space Sci­ence Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre and Earth Ed.

“The psy­chol­ogy fac­ulty will be run­ning mock as­tro­naut tests, and Nicholas Ri­gas will be do­ing his ex­plo­sive chem­istry which is well-loved.

“There will also be a rocket on a zip-line which will fly through ev­ery now and then.”

Mrs Crowe said the event, which at­tracts about 300 vis­i­tors each year, was a cel­e­bra­tion of the im­por­tance of sci­ence.

“In gen­eral, if you stop and think about ev­ery­thing we have achieved as humans, it’s re­lated to sci­ence,” she said.

“Sci­ence has been in­te­gral in the past and is vi­tally im­por­tant for the fu­ture as well.

“We have been do­ing the ex­trav­a­ganza for a long time and ev­ery year we have a lot of great feed­back. It is some­thing that gets the school and the wider com­mu­nity to­gether.”

En­try is free and a raf­fle on the night will in­clude a range of prizes and shop­ping vouch­ers.

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