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Talbot Heath school were very excited to welcome space-man Bill Coombes to two Year 6 science lessons recently, as part of the TH year of space related events. Mr Coombes, who has many connections with NASA and all things space related, spoke to the girls about The International Space Station (ISS) - a manned space station orbiting the Earth - and gave them the unique opportunity to ‘take control’ of the camera on the space station itself to photograph their chosen part of the earth using the ISS camera. Once students had decided upon their destination to photograph, they keyed in the longitude and latitude coordinates to the computer and waited for the images to be relayed back to earth from the ISS. The girls also produced thank you posters for the astronauts on board the station, thanking them for arranging the space photo shoot session. The best poster will be scanned and sent to the ISS station for the astronauts to see.

These lessons followed an exciting autumnal evening at TH, also arranged by Bill Coombes, when 150 parents, pupils and staff gathered in the dark to see and hear the International Space Station as it passed overhead. He set up an aerial and transceiver to listen in to the astronauts as they communicated with a school on Washington State, USA. It was spine-tingling to hear the astronauts describing what they could see from space as they passed directly above the school.

Mr Coombes will also be giving an evening talk about the International Space Station to pupils, families, staff and space enthusiasts on 

Mr Coombes will also be giving an evening talk about the International Space Station to pupils, families, staff and space enthusiasts on Thursday 3rd December at the Rothesay Road school. It promises to be a fascinating evening about the history, purpose and future of the ISS and forms part of the 12 months of exciting space ventures. Also planned is the arrival of an inflatable planetarium, and Talbot Heath’s very own direct link-up to NASA and the ISS in the Spring.

STEM subjects are at the heart of the TH curriculum and the school is keen to develop a love of them among the pupils; there are currently five teams of girls from Lower 4 and Upper 4 taking part in a STEM competition to design and build devices that will improve the daily lives of those in developing countries. TH pupils have gone on to become world experts in science and engineering: Professor Frances Ashcroft received a dame-hood this year for her pioneering work on diabetes, blazing a trail for other TH girls to follow. Perhaps the launch of the first TH space probe is not so far-fetched after all. Watch this space...

Thanks go to Mr Coombes for his time and organisation of these out-of-this-world experiences.

 at the Rothesay Road school. It promises to be a fascinating evening about the history, purpose and future of the ISS and forms part of the 12 months of exciting space ventures. Also planned is the arrival of an inflatable planetarium, and Talbot Heath’s very own direct link-up to NASA and the ISS in the Spring.

STEM subjects are at the heart of the TH curriculum and the school is keen to develop a love of them among the pupils; there are currently five teams of girls from Lower 4 and Upper 4 taking part in a STEM competition to design and build devices that will improve the daily lives of those in developing countries. TH pupils have gone on to become world experts in science and engineering: Professor Frances Ashcroft received a dame-hood this year for her pioneering work on diabetes, blazing a trail for other TH girls to follow. Perhaps the launch of the first TH space probe is not so far-fetched after all. Watch this space...

Thanks go to Mr Coombes for his time and organisation of these out-of-this-world experiences.







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