Interactive space experience launched for schools

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium has announced a new one-day workshop, Mission:Rescue, based on the popular Explorer:Space exhibition

Winchester Science Centre and Planetarium has launched Mission:Rescue, an interactive science and engineering experience for school children.

Mission:Rescue is a full-day event that is delivered inside schools by science communicators from Winchester Science Centre. It is based on the highly successful Explorer:Space exhibition launched last summer.

Participants of Mission:Rescue are tasked with rescuing Sophie, an astronaut trapped in space while exploring an exoplanet. Pupils need to overcome a series of unexpected events that challenge their mission, and using the available tools and resources, think like engineers to find the missing crew. The mission also requires participants to build a heat shield and safely land a spaceship.

Mission:Rescue is a fabulous way to ignite young minds and get them using and developing real-life skills.
– Ben Ward, Winchester Space Centre

Creativity, good communication and teamwork are all required for the successful completion of the tasks.

Ben Ward, CEO of Winchester Space Centre, said: “Mission:Rescue is a fabulous way to ignite young minds and get them using and developing real-life skills that will help them succeed in the workplace.

“Mission:Rescue goes out into schools and creates an absorbing experience to capture young imaginations and because there are no travel costs, it provides an easy and affordable alternative to the school trip.”

The programme is scheduled to launch for schools in September 2019, and interested teachers can book now at

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