50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon
To coincide with the 50th anniversary of man’s first steps on the moon, Sphere Senior Systems Engineer and STEM Ambassador, Mike Worth, visited Winhills Primary Academy in St. Neots to run a rocket based activity day. The key stage 1 (5-7 year old) children worked in small teams to build and decorate their rockets. Everyone then headed outside to where Mike had set up the custom made launch pad. The rockets were pumped up, and after the customary countdown each group in turn pulled out the launching pin. With a WHOOSH the rockets were propelled into the sky. They may have lacked the stature of a Saturn V, but these rockets had plenty of power to captivate the next generation of scientists.
In addition to teaching the pupils the finer points of rocket science, Mike also talked to them about the real day-to-day life of an engineer and the opportunities available to them later in life. They were fascinated by the wide array of life-saving machines that engineers develop, and excited by the possibility of doing so in the future.