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Bury schools' astronomy evening really takes off

PUBLISHED: 13:05 06 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:05 06 February 2015

Sophie Swann, 10, views Jupiter through a telescope with the help of Billy Riddick at an astronomical evening at County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds.

Sophie Swann, 10, views Jupiter through a telescope with the help of Billy Riddick at an astronomical evening at County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds.

Students had stars in their eyes as they learned from the experts how to launch rockets and search the night skies for comets.

On Wednesday evening, County Upper School in Bury St Edmunds welcomed astronomers from the University of Hertfordshire who hosted an evening of astronomy as part of their outreach programme.

Children from schools across the town, along with their parents, were invited to take part in activities such as computer astronomy, observations of the night sky, hands-on science and a planetarium.

The community event was part of the Bury St Edmunds All-Through Trust’s Rolls Royce science prize project entitled A Year of Enquiry. It is designed to engage students and parents in Key stage 2 and 3.

As part of the Bury Trust’s commitment to working in partnership with the community, it will also stage a science festival on March 20 and 21.

The event will give children and their parents a chance to meet local scientists and take part in hands-on activities including chocolate welding, blending their own flavour soft drinks and building marshmallow catapults. The event will also have a specially designed pre-school science room.

Visit science.bsecus.org for more details.

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