Whilst visiting the Centre for Life, the children also had the opportunity to take part in a space-themed workshop where they were required to perform a variety of simple tests in order to help them answer the following question: “What material would you use to make a spacesuit?”.

Here’s what they did:

First the children explored a range of different materials where they had to describe their properties using vocabulary such as: flexible, hard, soft, stiff etc. They then conducted three simple tests using the following materials: paper, cotton and plastic to determine which material was the strongest, lightest and most flexible. To do this, the children had to use a variety of tools and equipment such as table vices and weights. From their results, the children discovered that cotton would be the most suitable material to use as it was the strongest, lightest and most flexible material out of the three materials tested.

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