I developed this craft activity for delivery on my Mars in a Box workshop – a Mars-related extension to the Solar System in a Box workshop. This activity is suitable for KS 1-2 and a family audience at science festivals. Very simply it allows students to make their own globe of Mars. It has been trialled in primary school workshops and for the 2013 BBC Star Gazing Live East Midlands Event and the 2014 Star Gazing Live event at University of Leicester.
This activity was developed with funding from a UKSA Space for All Grant 2012/2013
This quick and simple experiment demonstrates how energy transfer (convection) can be used to make a teabag fly. I have run this activity in school workshops with students KS1-KS5 (younger students requiring supervision throughout). This activity has also been run in a science festival environment during the 2013 BBC Star Gazing Live East Midlands Event and the Leicester NASA Apps Challenge. During a festival setting extra precautions must be taken as to where the stand is set up, to prevent encounters with drafts/air currents.
The flying teabag demonstration was filmed during the Leicester NASA Space Apps Challenge 2013:
I have outlined 4 simple activities that can be used to demonstrate the principles of the electromagnetic spectrum and spectroscopy. Applications can include environmental, Earth observation and spectroscopy on other planets! Separate instructions will be uploaded at a later date on how to create a Near Infra Red camera.