Apollo 50

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing.

On July 20th, 1969 at 2117 UK time, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon, making them the first humans to ever land on another world. The world watched as Armstrong took his first step onto the moon and Aldrin followed, while Michael Collins flew the command and service modules in orbit around the moon.

This momentous event was the culmination of over a decade of hard work by over 400,000 people. 530 million people watched around the world.

But this was 50 years ago! Not everyone can remember the moon landings themselves and a lot of the children we work with, don’t even know that they happened. So our Astronomy manager created a planetarium show to commemorate the anniversary of the moon landings. We’ve had a busy week taking the show into schools, including Stepney Primary, where the whole school watched the show. This show was designed for KS2 and older children but we managed to adapt it so the children in the nursery and reception could enjoy it too. It was hugely successful! Over 180 children experiencing the moon landing in 1 day!

Tomorrow, on the day of the anniversary, we will be helping Hull Libraries to launch their reading scheme. This year the scheme has a space theme and we will be performing our show all day! We’re honoured to be able to perform these sold-out shows to a public audience on such an important day! See you there?

Have a great weekend! Keep looking up!

Katie, Carol, Lauren and Anita

The Lab Rascals Team xx

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Practise makes perfect!

We’ve been out and about with the planetarium again this week! We’ve had a student working on a planetarium project for the last few months. She designed a show about Earth, which she then presented at Healing Primary on Tuesday. The children in KS1 loved the show. They learnt about the weather, seasons and took a trip around the world.

We also had a practice run of our brand new planetarium show, One Giant Leap, with Healing Primary year 5 and 6. We think it’s really important to have a day of practice before a new planetarium show is launched for a number of reasons. Working on a show on a pc screen does not replicate what it will look like in the planetarium dome. So a test of the visuals is essential. Also, as with any interactive performance you really can’t judge how interactive it will be until you actually perform it, which then results in timing changes and parts being removed etc. This was also the first time we’d used sound for a planetarium show and we had a few technical issues with the speaker, which we could then fix during the practice shows.

We performed the show 4 times throughout the day and by the end of the day were really happy with the show. We aim to make the children think and I think we succeeded as they had some amazing questions afterwards. And we got some great feedback from the children.

Next up, we’re developing a show on “Volcanoes of the solar system”

If you’d like to book any of our planetarium shows go to http://www.labrascals.co.uk and book online or contact labrascals1@gmail.com

Have a good weekend!

Katie, Carol, Amanda, Lauren and Anita

The Lab Rascals Team

One Giant Leap

20th July, 1969. Neil Armstrong uttered his famous words “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” as he became the first human to step foot on another world.

This was 7 years before I was born, but my dad passed on his enthusiasm about space to me. I remember clearing out the understairs cupboard, turning it into a spaceship and drawing maps of the planets and stars. Space and astronomy have always been a hobby for me. But now I’m lucky enough to be able to share my love of space as a job.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, I have designed and produced a brand new planetarium show “One Giant Leap”. My aim was to design a show that brings alive the moon landings, for children who may not know that they happened. But this isn’t just a show for children. Adults will love it too! Whether you remember the moon landings or not, standing on the surface of the moon with Neil and Buzz is a great experience.

But it’s not just about the history of the moon landings. What have we achieved since? Where will we go in the future? This is a fully immersive show with some great surprises!

I’m lucky enough to have travelled the world attending rocket launches. But this show is something I’m incredibly proud of. And 8 year old me would be proud too.

So, BOOK NOW for your school or organisation. Or book to attend one of our summer school holiday sessions in Hull, Beverley, Grimsby or Scunthorpe. You can do this all online at http://www.labrascals.co.uk

Have a good weekend!

The Lab Rascals Team

Katie, Carol, Anita, Lauren and Amanda xx

Easter science fun!

It’s Easter weekend and we’ve reached the end of our Easter holiday workshops! We run science workshops most school holidays and they are very popular with children and parents alike!

We deliver a different set of workshops each holidays. This time we covered dry ice, slime, planetarium and volcanoes! So plenty to choose from for everyone! Each workshop lasted an hour in different locations; Hull, Beverley, Scunthorpe and Grimsby.

Although our science workshops are very educational, we make this fun and this is our primary aim in holiday workshops, children have fun while learning.

So what do we do in each workshop?

Dry ice

We love dry ice! It can make simple experiments look dramatic! We use dry ice to demonstrate the states of matter and the children love getting hands on with the experiments.

Slime!

All children love slime and we don’t just make slime, we teach them the science behind the slime! This is still one of our most popular workshops and the children particularly love blowing bubbles with their slime!

Volcanoes!

The children learn what volcanoes are and make their own! We always get some very creative volcano designs, which are then erupted using dry ice! There’s lots of teamwork and creative design involved in this workshop and we love seeing the children work together to create some amazing looking volcanoes!

We also did a number of planetarium shows at all locations. These were extremely popular as usual! This time the children learned all about stars, what they’re made of, how they’re formed, what a nebula is and the planets that orbit our star, the sun. This show is brilliant for younger children as it involves lots of looking at the stars and storytelling.

Not only have we been delivering public workshops, we also delivered some workshops on dry ice for Hull Children’s University.

Our brand new planetarium show One Giant Leap is now ready to go into schools! We’ve been working hard to make it a real celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the moon landing! Contact us for details or book on our website for schools and public events! http://www.labrascals.co.uk

Happy Easter from all of us at Lab Rascals!

Katie, Carol, Anita, Amanda and Lauren xx

British Science Week 2019!

British Science Week, formerly known as the National Science & Engineering Week is a 10-day long science “feast” around the UK and the nation’s largest science celebration of its kind. The name was changed into British Science Week for two reasons. The first was for the event to reflect the organiser’s broad understanding of science which also includes social sciences, maths, technology and engineering. And the second reason was because the addition of “engineering” excluded other scientific fields, especially social sciences which are a part of science as well. British Science Week is one of our busiest weeks of the year! This week was no exception and we have been busy entertaining children in schools with science!

We started our week in Doncaster with 8 Planetarium shows. 200 children were treated to a tour of the solar system and they had some amazing questions about how our solar system began!

Pic courtesy of Grange Lane Infant Academy

Tuesday saw us heading off to Beeford for a full day of workshops on the states of matter with Beeford and North Frodingham primary schools. The kids loved seeing what happens to the marshmallows in the vacuum chamber and doing their own experiments with dry ice! We all had a great time!

Today we headed to Kidgate Primary Academy in Louth for a day of Polymer workshops with KS1. They loved making slime!

Pic courtesy of Kidgate Primary School

Tomorrow we’re taking the planetarium to Griffin Academy in Hull, where we will be taking 2 classes on a tour of the solar system!

Busy busy!

Katie, Carol, Amanda, Lauren and Anita xx

The Lab Rascals Team

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Welcome!

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Welcome to the shiny new Lab Rascals blog! We’re going to be sharing lots of our exciting events and activities on here. But first, a little bit about ourselves.

We are an award winning interactive science entertainment company in Yorkshire and the Humber. We educate, inspire and entertain children with the magnificent world of science and engineering.

Due to our extensive research at the University of Hull into children’s perceptions of science we leave all the “flashes and bangs” in the Lab bring only the most enjoyable and engaging hands on experimentation into your home, village hall or classroom.

Since Lab Rascals was established in 2012 we have has a tremendous amount of support from parents, children, teachers and local companies. It’s fantastic to see how so many children and adults have become passionate about science over the past years. Several children have attended our workshops since early days and continue to do so. Thank you for your support.

From dry ice and slime parties in your choice of venue…

To school workshops…

And public events…

We’re out of this world!

We look forward to sharing our adventures with you!

Katie, Carol, Amanda, Anita and Lauren

The Lab Rascals Team xx