On Wednesday afternoon , Year 5 were tasked with designing a re-entry shuttle to bring their eggstronauts back to Earth. After learning about how astronauts return to Earth, what they experience and how the shuttles are designed to keep astronauts safe the children were given their box of equipment.
Each group had exactly the same set of equipment which included lollipop sticks, paper of different thickness, cotton wall and bubble wrap. The groups were given some planning time which they used to design their shuttle and give reasons why they have chosen that equipment. The children then set off and began constructing their shuttles.
After all the groups completed their designs, the whole year group came together to our specially designed test centre where Mr Melvin, Mr Michica and Miss Lyons were ready to test the safety and suitability of the shuttles. One by one the shuttles were dropped to the floor. Some were very successful bringing their eggstronauts back to Earth, however some groups were left with egg on their face.
There were some great designs and great deal of thought and collaborative work between the teams.
All in all we had an eggcellent time.