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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Barrow pupils take a voyage around the universe

BARROW primary school children got the chance to take a stroll into outer-space in their own gymnasium.

A mobile planetarium was brought into Ormsgill Primary School for the pupils to learn about the world – and universe – around them.

Mastermind of the event, and founder of Immersion Education, Graham Perrin, 50, was thrilled with the reaction of the children.

He said: “The children absolutely love it. Since I started seven years ago there’s been schools that have had me back each year. It’s a great way to make physics a bit different, and a lot more fun.”

The kids watched with wide eyes as Mr Perrin projected sights above them like Saturn, Mars, the sun, and Earth.

Conrad Birchall, 10, of Barrow, was extremely excited about getting the chance to see the planets in a new way.

He said: “I really enjoyed the way it was set up. It actually looked like space.

“I love learning about space and look out my window through a telescope every night. I can see the moon rising from my window.”

A friend of Conrad’s, Poppy Turnbull, 10, of Barrow, also enjoyed seeing Mr Perrin’s inflatable planetarium.

She said: “Mars is my favourite planet so I really liked seeing that. It was really nice seeing space and the stars like that.”

Mr Perrin’s mobile planetarium has been a hit with schools all over the country, and its use isn’t just limited to just space.

When a school in Liverpool asked if he could do a projection of the Blitz bombings and transport their pupils back to the Second World War, he created some new animations.

Mr Perrin said: “Anything that can be projected from a computer can be shown in here and I’m asked to do a range of different things all of the time.”

Christina Bravery, 33, of Barrow, is the corporate social responsibility manager for Ropax, the organisation that, in partnership with Cumbria Wildlife Trust, funded the event.

She said: “We want to teach the children about extreme environments, and use space as a way to talk about our own planet as well.

“It’s the biggest number of children we’ve had for any of our events and they’ve been really excited about going inside and seeing it.”

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what a fabulous opportunity for these lucky children. shame they don't do an adult version

Posted by Norma halpin on 13 January 2014 at 13:39

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