Fifty years after man first set foot on the moon, Bury St Edmunds will see its own rocket launches take place next month – at Moyse’s Hall Museum.
It may not be one small step for mankind, but the Rocket-Moon workshops will endeavour to inspire school children aged five and over, about the exciting world of rockets and space flight.
Moyse’s Hall Museum is running a “Space and Moon Exhibition” until March 9 and rocketeer Ben Jarvis, of Raptor Aerospace, has not only loaned five working rockets to the museum to display, but he will also be teaching children how to build one at rocket workshops.
The first workshop on March 5 is specifically targeted at schools while there will be a second on March 9 for families. Those taking part will learn about the science of rockets, build a mini air powered stomp rocket and launch it within the galleries. The aim will be to land as close as they can to a vinyl moon with the children applying scientific method, testing, modifying and re-testing their rocket designs.
Mr Jarvis said: “I’m delighted to be working with the team at Moyse’s Hall Museum to bring these exciting and practical workshops as part of the ‘Space and Moon Exhibition’. The workshops will give children a wealth of knowledge covering key science subjects such as forces, aerodynamics, flight and space as well as history – and what’s more they’re fun.”
Joanna Rayner, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at St Edmundsbury Borough Council which runs the museum, said: “It is 50-years this summer since Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin first set foot on the moon. Half a century later, and although I wasn’t around when the moon landings happened, it is a feat which still feels amazing to comprehend. So what better opportunity to fuel children’s ambitions for the sciences, the infinity of space and beyond, than this exciting exhibition and workshops.”
Schools can book for the March 5 workshop by calling the museum on 01284 757163 while families can book for the March 9 workshop at https://www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/whats-on/event/4639/rocket-moon-shot-workshop-by-raptor-aerospace
Raptor Aerospace also runs workshops in schools while it is also planning workshops for children and adults to build real rockets and launch them at its base at Scottow Enterprise Park in Norfolk. For more details visit www.raptor-aerospace.com
For details about the Space and Moon Exhibition including opening times and entry fees visit www.moyseshall.org