Rare moon rocks land at PGHS!

1st August 2020

Exciting rare samples of moon rocks and a collection of impressive meteorites landed at PGHS last week for a visit. Senior students were able to enjoy a unique, interactive experience of astronomy during their lessons and Preps and Juniors also had the opportunity to visit the science labs which were temporarily transformed into a ‘mini’ solar system. Highlights included handling some meteorites, enabling students to touch a real piece of space and a 1.2 billion year old piece of Mars and a 4.3 billion year old nickel meteorite – the oldest object you will ever hold in your hands! Our solar system is only 4.6 billion years old.

The lunar samples, provided by the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) were collected in the late 1960s and early 1970s during some of NASA’s first manned space missions to the Moon. As part of this science outreach programme PGHS invited in local schools and Firms Farm, Walker Primary School and St. Paul’s were able to join us and share this unique experience. A big thank you goes to Sophie, one of our recent Year 11 leavers, who assisted the Science Department in co-ordinating the school visits.