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ORSAnaut Selection with Dr Suzie Imber

 

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Good Luck ORSAnauts

Wishing all pupils wanting to be ORSAnauts the very best of luck in your Selection Session with Dr Suzie Imber on Friday 10th November. 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, […]

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ORSAnaut Selection

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ORSA needs you!

Wanted – people from any field of STEM to come and help inspire and amaze our budding scientists of the future as we embark on our 3rd Year of ORSA – Oxford Road Space and Science Academy. We are planning the following 5 missions for this year, starting in November. HOWEVER we are flexible and […]

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Mission Six – Botany

Do ORSAnauts know what Botany is?  We are very luck to have Dr M and other members of the University of Reading Botany department coming for two Mission 6 sessions – they have then invited us to visit the Harris Gardens at the University on 13th July for a field trip! A little about Dr […]

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3d Printing trip

Could you write a report on this trip for the blog? This is the link to tinkercad to build your models.

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Amazing Photo

Check out this amazing photo taken by astronomers in Madrid, Spain. The photo is of the ISS passing in front of the moon, they just pressed the button and captured 13 images of the ISS in the 2 seconds it took to cross the (almost full) moon on January 14, 2017. They had to work […]

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Stargazing II

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When Tim Peake met the ORSAnauts – Principia Conference Day 2

So Tim Peake met the ORSAnauts, Rachel, Pawan, Karl, Peter, Zayed and Oliver. They made quite an impression on him.          Users who have LIKED this post:

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Some photos from Principia Activity Day

Tuesday 1st November

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PRINCIPIA CONFERENCE

Absolutely delighted to announce that ORSA has won a place at Principia Schools Conference and has been selected to make a presentation about our amazing after school science club. During the summer ORSAnaut Karl wrote a 3 page report all about his 6 months as an ORSAnaut and this was submitted to the UK Space […]

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VERY EXCITING NEWS ….

Coming soon ….. watch this space!  

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ORSA 2016/17

ORSA will resume in November 2016 ORSAnaut application forms will be available from Mission Control before half term and ORSAnaut Try Outs will take place on November 3rd. 2016/17 Mission Schedule #1     SPACE #2    ENERGY & POWER #3    METEOROLOGY #4    CHEMISTRY #5    ARCHAEOLOGY #6    ANTHROPOLOGY  

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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

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Weather station up and running

Just uploaded our first records from the 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 […]

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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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ORSAnaut survey

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Imperial College Festival 2016

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 […]

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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 […]

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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)                                       […]

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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 DAY 2 DAY 5 Users who have LIKED […]

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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 […]

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Train like a Martian!

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 […]

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ORSA Stargazing Event March 2016

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 […]

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British Science Week 2016

  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 […]

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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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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 The show , ‘Non Zero One – Ground Control’, is […]

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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! Users who have LIKED this post:

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Mission 2 Session 1

Put your Journals on the blog before Session 2 next week. Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 […]

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ISS over Reading again this month

Timetable for ISS sightings over Reading   Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 […]

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VISITOR BOOK

Please add your name, location and what Space or Science you do in our Vistors Book – via comments Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 If we get a clear night we are going to start plotting our ORCS star map! Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 … Users who have LIKED […]

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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 […]

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ORSAnauts watching Spacewalk

Intently and a little nervously, ORSAnauts watch the Tims as they fix the SSU. Users who have LIKED this post:

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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. Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 […]

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Mission Patches

Every Space mission has one so every Astronaut has one. Check out these three  – 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. Users who have LIKED this post:

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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! Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 […]

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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 Users who have LIKED this post:

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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! Users who have LIKED this post:

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Did you see Tim go onto the 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. 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! Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 […]

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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 A physical challenge that makes sure the brain can work when […]

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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! Users who have LIKED this post:

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Tim Peake on twitter

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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 Users who have LIKED this post:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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