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The RGS Space Mission

RGS students had the pleasure of being invited to meet Tim Peake at the Principia Schools’ Conference, run by the European Space Agency. This was to acknowledge the school’s active involvement in Tim’s space mission, including the live launch event, growing seeds sent down from the ISS, lesson and form group activities, space exploration in STEM club and a Lego Robotics challenge. At this conference, Tim explained what it was like to be in space, referred to some of the educational experiments that he had been working on and gave an account of his very first space walk. Students had the chance to visit exhibitions from a wide range of industry experts and found out about careers and apprenticeships linked to physics and space. They also had opportunities to play with robots like the ones Tim had to operate in space and they learnt about entropy in a vacuum using a marshmallow and a syringe. This was an inspirational experience for the RGS students.