After talking with the headteacher to give us an idea of what they wanted to achieve, we discovered the main focus of their Science Week was around the importance of water. So we set about tailoring the introduction of our show to cover water on earth and in space. This really got the children thinking about the different uses and importance of water to life and how, if people were to live on other planets, what that might mean. With the recent news stories of tourist flights to orbit the moon, our show ‘A Journey into Outer Space’, which gives the children a glimpse into the future of space travel within our own solar system, proved to be very topical indeed.
We presented 10 shows over two really enjoyable days at the school, where we set up our immersive theatre in the school hall. Using the latest in projection technology makes our shows in the dome a unique way to engage with the children and give them a totally new learning experience.
Our lead presenter, Paul, was really impressed with the enthusiasm the children displayed for Science and being a lifelong astronomy fan was only too pleased to share his enthusiasm and knowledge with them. And he wasn’t the only one: as one of the teachers from a morning session put it, “Children were all really engaged and loved it – they were still talking about it this afternoon.” In fact, working with schools to find new ways to help inspire children to engage with Science is at the heart of what we do.
You never know, after such a successful Science Week, the next generation of engineers, computer programmers or even astronauts might just be on their way from Powell’s School.