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Graduation – ORSA class of 2016

Brilliant to have so many proud parents come along to see Dr Jess Wade present Graduation Certificates to 2016 Class of ORSAnauts

Graduation Certificates

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Weather station up and running

Just uploaded our first records from the weather station

ORSA weather station

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ORSAnauts @ UoR Weather Station

Here are the links to some of the weather sites that Stephen and Ellie talked about yesterday at the University Weather Station

Satellite Pictures

Lightning strike maps 

And two links to help you add temperature records to your weather diary – don’t forget to do this all week before Ellie comes in to do the session on Thursday 30th June

UoR Weather station data – graphs

UoR Weather station data – tables

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Plus finally our own ORSA weather station is now working so we can have our own ORCS weather data

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Rocket Seeds revealed

Tim Peake reveals which ones went to Space! CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT

 

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BBC Radio Berkshire

Listen to Mission Control & Wiktor talking to Martin Stanford last Monday! CLICK HERE

The interview is at 1 hour 57 minutes

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Mission 3

My favouret mission is mission three because Jess Wade came in and tought me cool new things.

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ORSAnaut survey

  • Mission 1 - Sound & Speed Mission 2 - Light & Colour Mission 3 - States of Matter Mission 4 - Construction Engineering & Mechanics Mission 5 - Meterology
  • Remember only use your first name.
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Imperial College Festival 2016

imperial festival

This weekend is the Imperial College Festival that Jess Wade invited ORSAnauts to go along to. The weather is going to be fantastic so why not ask your parents if you can spend a day in West London and go and see some amazing science at Imperial and say hi to Jess! You could also visit the Science Museum and Natural History Museums which are right next door to Imperial.

 

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Astronaut’s Handbook event

Friday May 6th       1.30 pm

Louis Stowell, author of Astronaut’s Handbook, will be coming to ORCS to talk about her amazing book, writing & illustrating children’s books, space and working with ESA and Tim Peake.

Books will be available to order in advance and to buy on the day for Louie to sign.

BOOK

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awsom dry ice experiments

we got to do sum cool dry ice experimnts we made bubles bounse in a box on a blanket of gas and make witches brew. wen we put washing up liquid in it made bubles of steam that burst wen we tuched them. my favorit was the 7 colored rainbow perls that disapered wen put in water- that was so cool. jess sent us some to have at home and cant wait to do the experiment again and trik my brother. Thank you very much i had a great time!

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Mission 3 Session 3 ORSA

For this session  a scientist called Jess Wade came in to talk about what she does at her job in imperial college. At her lab she makes and works on advanced solar panels, making new designs and experimenting on them. As well as, doing loads of travelling around the world, they even got to meet the president of China!

Firstly , she showed us a presentation about her job and why its good to become a scientist or an engineer. She showed us a chart, of which jobs payed a lot of money and which ones didn’t. The top 3 most paying  jobs were working with medicine, being a scientist and being engineer.She then explained to us about why it is good to be an engineer or a scientist, some of the reasons were it is really fun and you get to do loads of travelling as well as making better inventions that could help the enviroment. I think it sounds really fun  and personally Id choose scientist over engineer. Which one would you pick?

For our first experiment, she showed us a presentation about matter, solids ,gasses, liquids and plasma (ionized gas). After that we experimented with matter using dry ice and ice to observe.

The experiments:

  • We blew bubbles into a box filled with dry ice and observed as they floated over the surface of the carbon dioxide that the dry ice was giving off.
  • We put dry ice next to some normal ice and  compared what happened to them the dry ice did not melt but turned directly from a liquid into a gas. (sublimation) This happened because of the fact that dry ice is the solid form of carbon dioxide
  • We put dry ice into  water and it started steaming.However the gas was not cold,in fact it didn’t feel like anything at all.After experimenting with this we put washing up liquid in the dry ice water and it turned into bubbles, which burst into carbon dioxide gas, just like normal dry ice does.
  • We also made our own lava lamps with water food coloring and oil. when we put these ingredients into a bottle of water they made a density stack and started bubbling.
  • Finally, we put these things called seven color water balls into a bowl of water and observed as they became invisible.However, when you put your hand in you could feel them but not see them this created a weird experience for most of us.

I had a really fun time at this session it was great. Huge thank you to Jess Wade for coming in ,to talk and experiment with us. Thank you also for bringing in and giving us those water balls.

Thank you for reading. Bye 🙂

 

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Mission 3 session 3

On mission 3 session 3 we had a visitor called Jess Wade. First she shown us a presantation about liquids, solids, gases and plasma. After the presantation we did some experiments with dry ice (its the solid form of carbon dioxide)here are the things we did.

  • we blew bubbles in to a box of dry ice and insted of going down they bouncedon the dry ice.
  • we put dry ice in water and it started steaming it felt weird because you could see it but it did not feel like any thing then we did try the same thing but with washing liquid and it made steam bubbles kind of cool
  • we did lava lamps with oil ,water ,food coloring and tablets we put the tablets in the botle of water and oil and it bubbled
  • and last we put like transparent balls in water and they looked invisible.

Thank you for coming Jess i really enjoyed it.

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Stargazing

At THE  park me and some other people from ORSA went Stargazing. We used our eyes, binoculars and there a telescope. With the telescsope  I saw two of the four largest moons of jupiter Io, Europa, Ganymede,callisto. They looked White and fuzzy. Thank you Mr Lyford for organising it.

 

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JESS WADE

On Thursday a scientist came in and showed us some cool stuff .Some examples 7 coulare crystle balls if you put them in water they become invisble. Ass a result of the light bending a bit like a straw, when you look through a glass cup (with water in it obiously) . And when you put your hand in the water you feel it  but don’t here it (it feels wered)!!!theres

lava lamp,

And something a bit like a Witches brew. And a tone of other cool ,epic exiting things. I so abulotly recomend you try some of these magnificent experements because these experements are lots of fun to do , evry one can engoy them also because there good for your mind.And I want to say a massive thank you to Jess who showed me all of these fantastic things to do!!!

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Wat we did with jess

We sord invisabl balls and it was great talking you are rilly interested in the experiments with all of the children.

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thankyou

thank you Jess  for all the science.

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Message for Jess Wade

Thank you Jess for the growing gems.

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Mission 4 & 5 crew announcement

Mission 4 Crew – Construction, Engineering & Mechanics         28th April, 12th, 19th & 26th May

Robert, Oliver B, Khushi, Aditi, Julia, Miles, Arnav, Sapna + BASE CREW

Mission 5 Crew – Meteorology (Weather)                                          9th, 16th, 30th June & 14th July

Lilianne, Imogen, Maxim, Maryam, Navtej, Jaiden, Zuzia, Lukasz, Rodrigo + BASE CREW

Other ORSA events

LOUIS STOWELL VISIT – ASTRONAUT HANDBOOK author          6th May

ORSA Graduation Ceremonny – Thursday July 21st       

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TRAIN LIKE A MARTIAN

Click on the links below to watch the youtube video with your daily challenge! Do it at school or at home – why not lead a Train Like a Martian workout at breaktime for the other ORSAnauts and anyone else who wants to join in!

DAY 1

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DAY 5

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Mission 3 Session 3

I am looking forward to reading your journal blogs for session 3 ORSAnauts – what an amazing set of experiments you did with Jess from Imperial College London. Just think if you love science, work hard and follow your dreams you could one day do a PhD and get to do all those fantastic things that she has done and is doing.

Remember to mention to your parents about Jess’ invite to go to the Imperial College Science Festival on May 6-7 in London – it is right next to the Science & Natural History museums so would make a great, fun, learning day out. Click for details of Imperial College Science Festival

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How science works 💡

I have been reading a book called “how science works” I have mainly been concentrating on electric and magnetism I have learnt that there are not just geographical poles but there are also some “magnetic” poles that exists on Earth check out this Wikipedia page about them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnetic_pole

the poles change massively over the years there is a diagram in the book on the page of magnetism so that you can learn all about things to do with compasses!

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stargazing

on thursday i went to the stargazing at the park down the road from school. I went with oliver and vic. It was really fun. We used a star map app on the phone so we knew where all the planets and stars were in the sky. we used binockulas to look at the moon it was full of craters, i didnt know that… we also played it in the dark and found a really good hiding spot because i was camoflaged.

did you know when you throw a candle in the air and catch it when it goes up the flame turns into a circle shape. that also happens if you do it in space. how cool is that!

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Train like a Martian!

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WHAT:

The Mars Generation’s Train Like a Martian Challenge allows people to participate individually each day following the activities  posted on The Mars Generation Facebook Page inspired by NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program* or up to 45 minutes of any activity. Groups are encouraged to participate together, especially in school settings. People will come together worldwide though social media to share their participation and progress using the hashtag #TrainLikeAMartian.

The Train Like a Martian Challenge culminates on April 24th with local events hosted by TMG members, schools, fitness studios or anyone who wants to get involved. People can drop in and join the fun for a short time or the entire event.

April 24th is the same day that Astronaut Tim Peake will run the London Marathon on the International Space Station. The Mars Generation will be cheering for Astronaut Tim Peake while participating in our own fitness challenges the week leading up to the London Marathon as a way to encourage other individuals to see physical activity, STEM education and space exploration in a new way.

WHY:

The Challenge is helping bring awareness to the importance of health and fitness to a balanced life. While STEM education is our focus at TMG, it is also important to encourage and educate people about healthy living.

WHO:

The Train Like a Martian Challenge will also be an opportunity for individuals and groups to fundraise in support of the mission of The Mars Generation, including all our outreach programs, our student space ambassador program and space camp scholarship program.

The event is a worldwide event and includes individuals, students, schools, sports teams, community organizations and anyone who wants to get involved.

WHERE:

This event can be participated anywhere in the world, from in a classroom on a playground, inside a living room, on a treadmill or hiking a mountain. Whatever you can do to get active and record your exercise, do it!

HOW:

Individuals who complete up to 45 minutes of activity everyday between April 18-24th are encouraged to share photos each day on our #TrainLikeAMartian hashtag. Make it a team effort! Join forces and challenge one another on both physical activities and fundraising goals.

The Mars Generation will post daily “Astronaut Exercise Activities” inspired from NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program* during the week of April 18-24th. NASA is not a sponsor or affiliated with our Train Like a Martian event. NASA creates these materials for anyone to use to encourage physical fitness.

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ORSA Stargazing Event March 2016

ORSA Stargazing

As part of British Science Week 2016 ORSA will be holding two evenings of Stargazing for ORSAnauts and their families.

We will be inviting local astronomy experts to come along and help us to discover what we can see in the Reading night sky using our naked eye, binoculars, simple telescopes and hopefully some bigger more complex telescopes too. We will be trying to create an ORSA Sky Map of all the objects we can see in the sky over west Reading in March.

The event will take place from 7 till 8.30pm on Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th March at George Street Park. Check out British Science Week website for other cool stuff in the area.

Parents will be invited to bring their children along to either one or both of the evenings. More details and invites after half term but put the date in your diary.

For more details on this event please email ORSA      blog@oxfordroad.reading.sch.uk

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British Science Week 2016

BSW16 ORSA Stargazing

Events here at ORSA

Wednesday 16th March              7-8.30pm                STARGAZING @ George Street Park

Thursday 17th March                 3.15 – 4.15pm           Tim Peake talk presented by Prof. David Waltham

4.15 – 5pm                ORSA Open Day

7-8.30pm                 STARGAZING @ George Street Park

 

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ORSA MISSION 3 SESSION 1 👑

Science experiment 1 on Liquid gas and solids
Apparatus
What equipment do you use?
Bowl, Ice, kling film and blistering water.

Methodology
What did you do?
We put the boiling water in a bowl and put kling flim top, then we add Ice on top and we just made a mini rain.

What results did you predict?
My prediction was that the bowl will obviously rain, I saw a movie called the Martians 👽and this person tried to make water in Mars and it only gave him exceedingly little droplets.

Analysis
Were your results as expected?
Unquestionably, my prediction was right.

What conclusions can you make?
Make sure your water is very incandescent.

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ORSA-MISSION 2 SESSION 4 ☆

Apparatus
What equipment did we use?
Torch, 3 colour paddles and a dark room.

Methodology
What did you do?
We pointed our 1 colour paddles.
It’s awesome right. I used Red Green and Blue.

Analysis
Were your results as you expected?
No because Maxim’s is super effective and can shine those colours perfectly.

What conclusions can you make?
If you have a strong wigh it will be effective on loads of colourstuff.

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About O.R.S.A

O.R.S.A, Oxford Road Space and science Academy, not really an academy but really an after school club for kids to do some science. And when they can , visitors come in and do some even more  science stuff – sorry, even more cool science stuff. And what I personally mean by ‘science stuff ‘ I mean the fun , exiting , bright and other things that make you inquisitive . Leaving out all the dull stuff. And what I mean by dull stuff is things like , well, general relativity and all that, I mean , O.R.S.A is only targeted at people in year 3-5 ( grade 2 – 4) and general relativity and stuff like that isn’t really going to be that easy to explain to us that . Anyway – back to the point of of this post ( if you just forgot , look at the title) 2 missions have been done so far, and in total there will be 6 missions, speaking of which, we O.R.S.Anauts don’t really know what the 6th mission is. Only Mr Lyford knows( the person who is technically in charge)  . All we know is that there are 6 – well more precisely 4 missions because 2 have already been finished but, you may be thinking : why is there only a few missions ?  Well , people who are currently reading this post right now, the reason why there are a few missions is that in each mission there are 4 sessions. And that is pretty much it. 232 words about O.R.S.A!

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More Stargazing in Reading

If you want to get some Stargazing in before our event – Reading Astronomical Society are running to session on 11/12 March (Friday & Saturday) – it is at Reading University London Road Campus

Reading Science Week 2016

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ORSA Mission 2

On Thursday we tried to reflect light by five mirrors  and a torch to a blue peace of paper and it worked . Then we tried to finish our journal . It was great. I loved  it.

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O.R.S.A Mission 2, Session 2

Today we were investigating how light travels in straight lines . In addition, we also found out which colour lets out the most light (to be more specific – torch light)   – red ,yellow or blue  (this message is to other O.R.S.A members – our group didn’t have the same colours as yours). First off, we built 4, 6 lego brick tall walls and used them to make a obstacle course, we then got out 4 mirrors and placed them into position. Then, we shone the light at mirror 1 and saw if the light got through to the screen at the end of the obstacle course (to be more specific – some blue card). At the end of the experiment, we concluded that we can change light’s course using mirrors.

After the end of the first experiment we got on with the second one – to see which colour lets through the most light – red yellow or blue. First, we got out three different coloured colour panels (if you don’t know which colour go up one line and read it) and then put some paper (which had writing on it) on a wall. Then we got our colour panels and put it in front of our torch ( the same one which had been used in the last experiment ) – oh yes I forgot to say, we put the torch on before  we put the colour panels over it and then tried to read the writing . At the end of the experiment, we knew that it was safe to say that yellow let out the most light. And then that was pretty much it, the last session of O.R.S.A , mission 2 – done.

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My ORSA Journal – Mission 2 Session 3 25.02.2016

We first looked at our plants . Then we used some magi fine glasses to see what happens to it , we thought it turned the image upside – down so as the binoculars . Finally we used the telescope to watch the building ,it was really close . It was great!!

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Half term trip to Glasgow science center.

At the science center there were lots of things to mesure for example a running race.My high score was 1.55 seconds.There was also a thing when you could see how high you could jump.My first score was14cm,my second was 16cm and my final score19cm. There was also a planetarium show about the stars.Did you know that the North star is actually the 46th brightest star in the night sky.I think the brightest star is Sirius.I got a star map leaflet that i will bring to ORSA.I can’t wait.

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My mission journal -mission 2 20.2.16

On Thursday,we tried to make color disappear a C.D and seven different coloured paper and stuck it on the C.D  then  we used a marble or a pencil to spin it around 360′ ,lots of times and it did change color .The colors bashed into each other which together makes the color white.

It was great!!!

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MISS1ON prizes

On 11.2.16 mission 1 got prizes mine was one of them it was blogger of the mission! Check them out by clicking “continue reading”!

 

Mission 2 week 2 light 11.2.16

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Mission 2 week 2 light 11.2.16

INTRO:

Today started of with prizes I got one for blogger of miss1on which was really good the reason why was because I got the most international comments I hope to get it again for missio2 I was really proud of myself.

EXPERIMENT:

we went into the other room and got 4 boxes of mini smarties but we weren’t aloud to eat them yet (shame!) then we tipped them out and sorted them into colour groups we got purple and green then we got 4 plates and a piece of blotting paper we had to pour 2 teaspoons of water then we put 10 mini smarties on the blotting paper the other children like pawan got 4 skittles the same colour and put them on we then left them for ten minutes while eating them,folding some tissue paper into a plastic cup,putting seeds in then getting 3 teaspoons of water. Now all we had to do was cut a piece of paper big enough so that we could elastic band it to the cup we then got our blotting paper back with no chocolate on and it was great  Mr Lyford then poked one hole in each one with a pencil and then putting them up near the window and whoever wanted to take their blotting paper home could for the plans experiment we will give you results next week!

THANKS AGAIN

i must thank miles,maryam,Lukas,and all the other children in missio2 for keeping me company and doing interesting experiments at ORSA also to Mr Lyford who thinks of great experiments to do every school evening on a Thursday!

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Half Term GetReading Competition

Any ORSAnauts want to win tickets to see Non Zero One – Ground Control @ South Street during Half Term and be GET READING’s reviewer of the show!

Enter their competition before Tuesday to be in with a chance! Details and Entry – click here

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The show , ‘Non Zero One – Ground Control’, is an interactive performance for up to 40 seven to 12 years olds.

The story begins with Ground Control and Futuretron asking the audience for help to decide the future of the new planet.

What’s the situation?

In 1974, a manned mission was sent into space to look for inhabitable planets.

Now, in present day, the sensors aboard Shuttle X27-40 indicate that it may have found just the planet.

The three astronauts on board are about to be woken from their hypersleep… They need the audiences help.

Using a giant projection screen and a live, highly intelligent computer (well, Futuretron), audience members will be part of a team deciding on an identity for the planet, its laws and values.

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Mission 2 SESSION 2 Investigation notes.

 

First we got 4 packets of smarties and place them in colours.
We just put them in the bowls and Mr Lyford came and swap them with other table.
Mr Lyford is putting 10 purple smarties at his blotting paper.
I just dropped 2 teaspoon of water in my blotting paper, and then I picked a green skittle on top of the paper.
PHENOMANAL, the colours in the skittle are dropping down to the blotting paper which will make it very cool.
Right now I’m eating smarties, they taste very good.

Sorted smartiePawan SortingColour spreads

We are also doing a experiment now but we can’t complete it because we need it to grow. We are doing this experiment after the half term. I will tell you when we finally see are results goodbye.

 

 

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ORSA Mission 2 Light – Week 1

Today, we were testing how we could make color disappear. Other wise known, in this experiment, as white light.

First of all we had to make our instrument for making white light. So we cut out 7 different colors of triangle which were, yellow, red, orange, green, blue, purple and pink.Before the next step we had to fill in all of our predictions and notes, I predicted the pencil would be less white. Then we got a tiny blob of blue tack for each triangle and stuck them all on to a cd. After we had done that, we put it on a marble and spun it round to see if we could create white light. Some were more effective than others but we don’t know why. maybe it was because of the way they were stuck in or cut out  or maybe it was the type of cd. Mine was one of the less effective ones. We then tested it on the pencil but we found the results to be far less white and more pinky. I wonder if anyone can get there one to go completely white?

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AstroFest 2016

ORSAnauts check out these telescopes that were on display and sale in London today. We are getting a couple for ORSA but not quite as big as these!

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My journal light 4.2.1

Part 1

Today,at ORSA our question was can you make colour dissapear we did not know!

GETTING READY

First we got yellow,red,orange,purple,pink,blue and green. Next we cut them out into triangles then we had a spot of blu tack about the size of a pea what we then had to do was stick our triangles of all the different colours onto a disc into the order of the rainbow  then we had to fill in our sheet the last thing we were aloud to do on our sheet was what do you predict will happen in the experiment I put “I think I will see white light (becuase Mr Lyford showed us first).”

EXPERIMENT

After we wrote it down we showed Mr Lyford. We next got a marble to spin the disc on mine went a bit crazy! So I thought this won’t work I’ll use a pencil all I could see were strikes of white light I then thought aha I can use only three triangle and guess what it didn’t work so on the sheet there were two things did your prediction go the right answer was no nex was what conclusions can you make I put “to do it in the dark and see if it works”

THE LAST WORD

Thank you Mr Lyford for doing mission 2 I ❤️ It so much            and another thank you to all mission 2 ORSanauts

 

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Making colors disapear my journal 4.02.16

First we cut out bits of colord paper and cut off the ends then we stuck them onto CDs  and spun them around very fast, mine didn’t work 🙁 . I took 3 of my colors off ,span it around    and belive it or not it worked! All I could see was whight! I can’t wate for next week!

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Mission 2 week 1, LIGHT

We had to cut out coulared pieces of paper .Then Mr Lyford gave us a DVD .Then we put the coulared paper on the disc .Next we asked for marbles or pencels after that we had to make it spin and see if it turned white mine worked i think the coulares disepered because it was spinning so fast.

 

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Mission 2 Session 1

Put your Journals on the blog before Session 2 next week.

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ORSA Mission 2 session 1 Investigation notes

So now we are just cutting out 7 different colours, yellow, red, blue, green pink, orange and purple.
Now that I’ve got 1 different colours from the top, we are ready to stick them in a DVD with Blue tack.
AWSOME!!! my DVD just turned completely whit when I quickly span it with the pencil in the middle of the DVD but than when it slows down it comes back to being colourfull.
Now I’m rolling the DVD with a marble that looks like a mega stone from Pokémon, it’s very difficult to spin it on the floor.
OH MY GOSH!! When I really wasn’t paying attention it quickly went white and then colour full.
Mr Lyford only told me that if I cut half of the 7 different colours, it will turn even more white.

Today was awesome.

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Mission Schedule

Mission #1 –  Science of Speed & Sound    – MISSION COMPLETE

Mission #2 – Science of Light & Colour    – in progress

Mission #3 – Science of Matter, solid, liquid & gas       March 10 – April 14

Mission #4 – Engineering, Construction & Mechanics   April 21 – May 12

Mission #5 – Meteorology & Weather       May 19 – June 16

Mission #6 – Human Body & Natural World        June 23 – July 14

Special Mission – Mapping the Night Sky – STARGAZING EVENT 16 & 17 March

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ISS over Reading again this month

Timetable for ISS sightings over Reading

UK ISS pic

 

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ORSA mission 1 session 4

Today we tried to measure the speed of sound (768 mph) . We took two blocks of wood from the music room , a trundle wheel ,ourselves, a clipboard and a few stopwatches . We then went to George street park and then measured 100 meters .Then we sent six people to the other end of the park with the two blocks of wood. After that Mr Lyford put his hand up and when he put his hand down ,the people with the stopwatches started them whilst one of the six people banged the blocks together.We did this with each of the six people . When we got back from the park ,we got two funnels and put one on each end of the tube. Then we tried to hear the tick of a clock with the funnel and tube and then our own heartbeats.Then we did a science talk and then…and then we went home.

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ORSA Mission 1 Speed and Sound – Week 4

Today we were measuring the speed of sound (767.269) mph. We were measuring it at our local park, we were meant to test it at 150 meters but we could only manage to get 100.

Part 1:

First we got 2 wooden blocks from the music room a clip board a book a stopwatch and some pens. Then we went down to the park and measured the max length of the park. It turned out to be 106 but we rounded it to 100 meters. Then we sent 6 people down there with the blocks. Then Mr Lyford gave another 6 people stop watches(One of them being me!) after that, Mr Lyford raised his hand (a signal to press our watches and for the people banged the blocks together) and we activated our watches and waited for a bang and then stopped our watches. We tested this with each six people to make it a fair test. In the end we decided the majority of seconds was 1.12 because everyone got that at least once. Then we went back and recorded our results on our sheets.

Part 2:

The next experiment was kinda weird. First we got a funnel and put a tube running through it. then we put a watch under the funnel and put the tube to our ear. Some people could hear the distorted ticking but a lot of us couldn’t. Then one of us put the funnel to their heart and we tried to see if we could hear it. We couldn’t because we didn’t have the proper, but if we did we probably could.

Bye, Bye all you mission 1 people hope you enjoyed it!

 

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Week four

PART 1 Week 4 (Last week for mission 1(BOO!!!)) today we did speed and sound .We did two experiments. Experiment 1 this is what we did: We needed: a trundle wheel, a stop watch, a local park and 2 wooden thingy ma jigs. We did: we measured 100 meters in the park with the trundle wheel. Next some people ran to the other side of the park and made a noise while some people on the other side recorded it. What we saw happen: people timing and people making the noise for the experiment. That people, is part 1 finished.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       PART 2 Experiment 2 this is what we did: We needed: a tube, a funnel, watch and tape. We did: We put the tube in the funnel and secured it with the tape. Then we put the watch into another funnel. After that we put the tube with the tape on in our ear and tried to hear the watch ticking some of us heard it and some didn’t hear the watch ticking. That people, is part 2 finished.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE FINAL PART I felt very hot at the end of experiment 1 due to all the running I did for experiment 1. I thought experiment 2 was strange because well, it just felt strange. I felt very sad when week four ended because I was leaving ORSA but I could come back if I get put in mission four, five or six. I hope I do get into mission four, five or six! That people, is the end of the final part. Also it is the end of my journal.

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Calculating speed of sound

Using our timings can you calculate the speed of ‘our’ sound.

‘Our sound’ travelled the 100m from the wooden blocks to our ears in 1.12 seconds.

We worked out that it would have taken 11.2 seconds to travel 1000m.

What is the speed of ‘our sound’ in metres/second?

Can you convert this into kilometers per hour?

How does this compare to the actual speed of sound which is 1236 kilometers per hour?

 

What does this tell you about the accuracy of our investigation?

 

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ORSA mission 1 session 4

Today our first objective/task/experiment was to bring two pieces of wood,five stopwatches, five clipboards and Mr Lyford next we ran, as fast as we could, to the other end of the field/park/grass when Mr Lyford put his hand up me and Afan put our hands up Mr Lyford put his hand down and…                  BANG! Went the wood whe Mr Lyford put his hand down the children on his side of the park started the stopwatch and had to wait until the BANG! And then they stopped the stopwatch and recorded it down. When we got back we tested if we could hear through a very small plastic tube and my result was NO finally we got given a sheet to do at home

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My ORSA Journal – Mission 1 Week 1 28.1.16

Dear ORSA Journal, we calculated the speed of sound.

We needed 5 books , 5 pens and 5 stop watches to do it.

First,Mr Lyford moved his hand ,then the stop watch people

started the timer .

Then the other children made noises when they herd the noise

they stopped the timer and showed  it to one of the clip board

people .

We thought the answer was 1.12 seconds owing to the fact that

mostly everybody got that answer.

It was the best day ever !!!!!!

LOL!!!!!!!

 

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VISITOR BOOK

Please add your name, location and what Space or Science you do in our Vistors Book – via comments

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My ORSA Journal – mission 1 week 2 08.01.2016

We thought if we could see sound.

We tried objects on a speaker ,the rise popped and it made an annoying  sound like bombs.

Then we finished of our sheets of paper.

It was utterly epic and fun.

I enjoyed it.

LOL!

HA! HA!

 

 

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My journal

On our journal we were looking can we see sound we got a drum and rice we Put the rice on top and we played music and we checked is the rice jumping up.

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Week 3

Week 3:today we did sound again! We were given a box. We had to try to keep as much sound in the box as we could.  (We didn’t know which team won.) Our measurements weren’t very good due to the fact that our equipment wasn’t very good.

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Mission #1 session 3

Week 3 today we did:sound again!We had to cover a box and try to keep as much sound in the box.

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week 3 sound Journal

At ORSA we finished our journals for week 2!

Then we had a speaker in a box . We had to try and stop the sound coming out .First we put dictionary and thesauruses in. Then MR Lyford  gave us a clue by saying what do you wrap around you when it’s cold.blanket,then he said no, what do wear.So we said a jumper. Then we put our jumpers on top. After that, we put our coats on. \and a box on top of the coats.

we tested them with a computer and balls, if the volume was high the balls would bounce high and if it was low they wouldnt bounce.

Ours was the nosiest, but overall it was a draw

(this journal entry was stuck in drafts, oops).

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Journal, Mission 1 Sound – Week 3

This week in ORSA we did another experiment on sound.We were testing on how to insulate it by putting objects in its way. To test the sound we used sound meters on the internet that weren’t very good. We were only alowed use things that we could put back so it made it slightly harder for us.

The only things we were given were 3 bin bags and a cardboard sheet.

First, we put dictionaries and thesaurus’s  in but we decided that wouldn’t work. So instead we put a layer of our jumpers in and then put a bin bag over them and repeated that,(we also put little bits of cardboard in). In the end our team won (by a bit).

We used a web bouncy ball sound tester if the balls went higher then it was louder and if they went lower it was quieter.However, it wasn’t very good. We also found out that on the carpet the sound was quieter and on the floor it wasn’t. Weird.

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ORSA

Hi. O.R.S.A. fans!  have been learning about sound and light.

 

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Mission #1 Session 3 teaser

Can’t wait to talk with ORSAnauts about (or should I say aboot) Chris Hadfield’s book of photos from ISS and showing them EO Detective Competition

Hadfield

If we get a clear night we are going to start plotting our ORCS star map!

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ORSA MISSION 1 SESSION 2

Can we see sound or not??

Preparation
What equipment do you need?
Speakers, Drum, sugar, rice, Kingfilm.

Methodology
What are you going to do?
We add Klingfilm on the speaker so we do not damage Mr Lyford’s speaker. Next we put rice on top of the klingfilm, now we put the song “I stay up too late” by Taylor Swift.
The vibration of the sound makes the rice jump, so next we used some sugar and whenever there is a large beat the sugar jumps up and down. Affan had an amazing suggestion but it didn’t work out well, it was a non newton fluid, we tried it but it didn’t work very well. If you want know how to make a non newton fluid go check chestnut in the ORCS blog.

Analysis
Are your result as you expected.
Sort of because I knew that the sugar and rice will obviously jump but I also expected that the non newton fluid will jump but is didn’t.

What conclusions can you make
Do a music that has loads of colossal beats like ” I stay up too late” by Taylor swift.
Did you have a go? Was your result as you expected?

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Inspiring future girl Space & Science students

If you would like to share your story and inspire our Key Stage two girls that have joined ORSA – Breanna & Aditi (Y5), Lilianne, Patricia, Preetha & Imogen (Y4) Zuzia, Khushi, Rachel, Maryam and Julia (Y3) – please post a comment here and give them something to aspire to …

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… not forgetting our boy ORSAnauts ….

If you would like to share your story and inspire our Key Stage two boys that have joined ORSA – Karl, Wiktor, Lukasz, Pawan & Affan (Y5), Oliver G, Morlai, & Krystian (Y4) Oliver B, Robert, Danny, Arnav, Peter, Maxim, Miles, Rodrigo, Sapna, Navtej & Jaiden (Y3) – they have all been enthralled and inspired by Tim Peake’s Principia mission – they’d love the Space & Science community to tell their personal stories about what you do and what inspired you. Please post a comment here and give them something to aspire to …

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ORSAnauts watching Spacewalk

Intently and a little nervously, ORSAnauts watch the Tims as they fix the SSU.

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Week 2 Journal – Sound

Dear Journal, today our question was can you see sound so we found out and the answer was yes we put sugar,rice ,cornflour and water and we saw all these move around on top of the speaker.

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sound my journal week2

When i went to ORSA i saw rice bumping up and down on a speaker .After that we used sugar and we spotted a pattern being made i loved it!!!

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Journal, Mission 1 Sound – Week 2

Dear science journal today was very interesting because we were experimenting on how we could see sound.We set up 2 speakers and put a tray and a drum with rice and sugar on them.We studied the patterns and waves and saw how they moved.At the end of our experiment we added an extra item, we added a mixture of corn flour and water on.However, the odd thing about this was that the mixture had an unusual effect. Because it didn’t move at all! It made no patterns or shapes how strange.

Can anyone give answer to why this happens?

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Mission 1 Week 2 – sound

We tried to find out if it was possible to ‘see’ sound. Check out these photos.

ORSA wk 2

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ORSA MISSION #1

Dear science  journal on Thursday 8th January 2016 we were testing speed how fast can a hockey ball a archery arrow a bike ride and a sprint run travel 10meters here are the results to this amazing test.

  • hockey ball 12.34 m/s [metres per second]
  • archery arrow 33.33m/s
  • bike ride 3.63m/s
  • sprint run 3.90m/s

we found out that the archery arrow was 1st the hockey ball was 2nd the sprint was 3rd and the bike was last. Even after I did the experiment I still couldn’t believe that the archery arrow was33.33 m/s and the bike was last at 3.63 my/s.(That is slow)

 

 

 

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My ORSA Journal -Mission 1 08-01-2016

On our first mission we have been timing what object can go fast in 10 metres

.Arrow and bow
.hockey and hockey ball
.stopwatch
.runner
.someone
.Bicycle
Firstly, we let Miss Carlisle hit a hockey ball with a hockey stick. SUPRISINGLY, Miss Carlisle hit is amazingly hard that we could hear when the hockey ball starts and stop.Next MR Lyford used a bow and arrow. WOW!!! Mr lyford got a bullseye in his second try.Dnny did the running, it was fast and suprisingly hilarious, because you can see the look on his face that he wanted to be fast.
Mr lyford rides the bike and it was fast.
This week was awfully good.

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Journal, Mission 1 Speed – Week 1

Dear science journal, today in our science group ORSAnauts  we were investigating speed and testing how fast a bunch of objects could go 10 meters.All we had to do was set out our  length and equipment and then were ready to go.

We were testing these objects:

  • A hockey hit
  • A archery shot
  • Someone riding a bike
  • And someone sprinting

To record our results we used a stopwatch and timed it accurately to get a good estimated result.To make this test fair we did the experiment multiple times to get our equivalent answer

Here are our results:

Hockey hit: 12.34 m/s (meters per second)

Archery shot: 33.33 m/s (meters per second)

Bike ride: 3.63 (meters per second)

Sprint run: 3.90 (meters per second)

From this experiment we can conclude that conclude that that bike ride was slightly slower than the sprint run therefor the bike ride was the slowest and the archery shot was by far the fastest.

 

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First ORSA Mission 1 session one

Hopefully some of our ORSAnauts will put their journal entries on the blog page this weekend. We conducted an investigation into how fast various sports objects travel relative to the ISS, SR71 Blackbird, Hennessey Venom, Marlin, Cheetah, Usain Bolt, & the fastest ever free kick.

It was lots of fun and we learned a lot some new scientific words – do you know what they mean?

velocity              methodology             analysis

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Mission Patches

Every Space mission has one so every Astronaut has one.

Check out these three  –

15 mission patchSoyuz-TMA-02M-Mission-Patchshuttle patch

Surely every ORSA mission should have one ?  – So Mission 1 Crew (and Base Crew) get designing your very own mission patch. Remember that your Mission is based on Speed & Sound.

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What would you ask Tim Peake

What would you ask Tim if you got to ask him one question live on the ISS in space? You might only get one, so make it a really good one!

I would ask Tim

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SPACE first post

How many people are we going to meet.

I found out that astronauts play sports in space.

Tim first rode helicopters.

 

 

 

 

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SOLAR SYSTEM FACTS

Do you no there are eight planets that orbit around the sun and the names are Mercury, Venus , Earth, Mars , Jupiter, Saturn, Uran , and finally ! Neptune.

Do you no that all of the planets have to be in a Galaxy .

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Space rocket by maryam

Space rockets are really big and thin and I no there is no gravity in space

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Tim Peake launch

I was AMAZED when the Soyuz blasted of with Tim Peake the first British astronaut inside and I was really impressed by all of the gantrys coming apart

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Space

Do you wonder why everyone floats in space? Because there is no gravity.

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Want to be a ORSA partner school?

If you would be interested in some collaborative Space and Science ideas/investigations/experiments in first half of 2016 please leave contact on comments and I’ll be in touch.

ORSA is for pupils 7-10 years old and we would love to have links all over the world. After all Tim Peake and the crew of the ISS are watching down on all of us!

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my mishons

it made me happy and relaxed doing big breeths in and out streching as high as i can jumping for 30 seconds, balansing and liing down and doing an aroplane on my tummy. now i know what astronauts feel like when they work out. my favorite was the jumping because i like skiping and i did 89 jumps in 30 seconds!!!!! Tim Peake is an epic astronaut and he is the best i want to bee like him when i am a grown up

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Xmas Science Investigation ideas

Has anyone got any ideas for Space or Science investigations that ORSAnauts could do at home over the Christmas break?

Please put any suggestions in the comments and email instructions to blog@oxfordroad.reading.sch.uk

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ORSAnauts ID badges

 

Just sorting out these with UK flag and the flag of our ORSAnauts heritage – ORSA are a very multi-cultural crew – a total of 14 different nationalities!

ORSA BADGE OF NATIONS

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Did you see Tim go onto the ISS?

ISS

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15/12/2015 Tim Peake Principia Launch day

We at ORSA are so excited and proud to be a part of the mission to send first British Astronaut to the International Space Station.

Congratulations and good luck Tim, ESA and all in Principia project.

UK ISS pic

GET READING FEATURE

BBC RADIO BERKSHIRE FEATURE – go to 0:24 minutes then again at 1:12 into the show.

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Idea for a Christmas Present

Stuck for a book to read over Xmas – ask for this for your stocking – it is brilliant!

BOOK

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ORSA Base & Mission crews announced – Launch 15th December 11.03 am

Congratulations to the following who have been selected as the first ever ORSAnauts after the selection session on Thursday.

  • Base Crew ORSAnauts

Affan, Wiktor, Breanna, Karl, Pawan, Krystian, Patricia, Morlai, Oliver G, Danny, Peter, Zayed & Rachel

 

  • Mission 1 ORSAnauts

Aditi, Lilianne, Robert, Khushi, Oliver B, Arnav

 

  • Mission 2 ORSAnauts

Lukasz, Imogen, Maxim, Maryam, Julia, Miles

 

  • Mission 3 ORSAnauts

Preetha, Rodrigo, Sapna, Navtej, Zuzia, Jaiden

We are really looking forward to our launch on January 7th, 2016

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ISS Pass with ASC

Just spent a fantastic 30 minutes with ASC looking up at the stars as we waited, and hoped, to see the ISS pass at 17.31. None of them had ever seen it before!

The sky darkened, Roger switched off some lights around the school to make it a bit darker and we waited as clouds began to drift across the western horizon where the ISS would appear from. Jake was almost beside himself as we waited for the 17.31 arrival, clouds then melted away after threatening to ruin the first sighting for ASC! ISS was not to be denied. It wanted to show off its amazing, bright white beauty for our fascinated young learners.

Then at 17.31 the ‘star’ of the show appeared right on cue – not a second early, not a second late – over Key Stage One roof, glowing slightly orange at first then gleaming bright white as it dashed across the sky above the playground. For all the pupils there it was the first time they had seen this modern wonder. I don’t think it will be the last time they gaze west and see ISS trail it’s amazing, awe-inspiring track across Reading’s night sky!

It was amazing to share the experience with them and I hope we will get to see it again next week when Tim Peake is on board!

Jake was one of those who saw the ISS for the first time tonight – “Its 17.31 …. my heart is really beating fast ….. there it is! …. Is that it?'” – a totally absorbed young man, eyes skyward as were all eyes there tonight. First time ISS spotters included Chioma and her sister, Danny, Samira & Tim, Peter and his brother, Ishmeal, Jakub, Jake & Luca, Roger, Kevin, Monika & Joanna – there were others too!

Amazing place ORCS, still learning and sharing great experiences at 17.31 on a Friday evening!

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ORSAnaut Try Outs

Today is the first of two big events for ORSA in the next week. Before Principia and Tim Peake blast off we have to select crews for our missions to run alongside his on the ISS.

Our prospective ORSAnauts will undergo some rigourous testing

  1. A physical challenge that makes sure the brain can work when the body is working hard too!
  2. A manual dexterity challenge that requires foucs and a steady hand.
  3. PDQ – a challenge to see if you know the power of your brain!
  4. QED – a scrambled word puzzle showing why ORSAnauts need to exercise their brains.
  5. Super-Scientists – using a code to show the variety of science.
  6. Colour challenge – a test to manage your brain.

I am sure we will get brilliant crews for ORSA and our missions will be Amazing!

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Y5 send Good Luck/Xmas cards to Tim Peake via Twitter

and he replied …. just think about how often we say we are too busy!

Tim Peake cards

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Tim Peake on twitter

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Space Advent Calendar

Each door reveals a space related content – Advent Calendar

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Good Luck ORSAnauts

Wishing all pupils wanting to be ORSAnauts the very best of luck in your Selection Session on Thursday 10th December.

Mission Control will be selecting ORSAnauts for the 5 missions ORSA will undertake, and a Base Crew who will be making sure everything is prepared and working for all our experiments, projects, constructions, investigations, tests and much more more …

Join me in wishing them all the best of luck by posting a comment ….

Mission Control logo

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Delivery of Principia Space Diaries

ORSA has had it’s first delivery today. Our set of Principia Space Diary – totally amazing and going to be a great resource for our ORSAnauts! Thanks to all at THE CURVED HOUSE kids

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ORSA – Oxford Road Space Academy

Attention all wannabe Astronauts and Scientists – Our amazing new Space Academy after school club will be blasting off on December 15th 2015. We will be looking for 14 permanent crew for the Academy, as well as a crew of 6 for each of FIVE half termly missions that will run alongside Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the ISS.

Our team will be known as ORSAnauts and we will be holding ORSAnaut try outs on Thursday 10th December from 3.15 till 4.15

Try outs will include physical testing and mental agility.

Anyone from Year 3, 4 or 5 is welcome to try out.

ORSA will run every Thursday after school from 3.15-5pm from January 2016.

 

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Hello Universe

Welcome to Oxford Road Community School‘s very own Space & Science Academy – ORSA. Here we will be exploring Space, astronomy, science and a whole load more in 2016 and beyond.

Our first mission crew will launch with ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission to the International Space Station.

The first task of our crew will be to design their own mission patch!

We will have 12 permanent crew of ORSA and every four weeks we will recruit 6 new ‘ORSAnauts’. But anyone is welcome to visit the ORSA blog page and contribute – in fact we will welcome visitors from earth and the ISS!

blog@oxfordroad.reading.sch.uk

 

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