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Meteorites Land At Leeds School
Pupils L-R: Joseph Fletcher, Harry Dewhirst & Amy Rivers
Pupils at Fulneck School have enjoyed a series of interactive astronomy lessons which were truly out of this world.

Students at the independent school in Pudsey were given the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to handle priceless samples of moon rocks and meteorites as they learnt more about the Universe around them with the help of astronomy researchers from the University of Leeds.

The irreplaceable items were loaned to Fulneck by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) which provides educational packs in a bid to inspire young people to get involved in science and complement classroom studies. The packs include a 1.2 billion-year-old piece of Mars rock and a 4.3 billion-year-old nickel meteorite.

The lunar samples were collected in the 1960’s and early 1970’s during some of NASA’S first manned space missions to the Moon during which over 380kg of material was brought back to earth.

Dr Caroline Neuberg, Head of Science at Fulneck School, said:
“Thanks to our friends at STFC pupils have had the chance to see and even touch these important fragments of science history.

“My sincere hope is that this amazing experience will encourage students to become the next generation of astronomers.”

STFC’s Executive Chair, Professor Mark Thomson, added:
“We are thrilled to be able to offer this unique opportunity to young people.

“Samples like these are vital in teaching us more about our solar system, allowing us to confront theory with fact.”

During the current academic year Fulneck has hosted a series of interactive science workshops for school children across the local area in its role as a partner school of The Ogden Trust.

Topics covered have included a crime scene investigation using a variety of forensic science techniques, and an exploration into the science behind school dinners.

Meteorites Land At Leeds School, 25th June 2018, 13:59 PM