Burnt Mill Academy Trust students fly to the moon and back

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STUDENTS attending Burnt Mill Academy Trust (BMAT) schools in Harlow recently had the opportunity to see actual samples of moon rock and meteorites in front of their very eyes.

This chance was created after BMAT STEM Academy took part in the Lunar Rocks and Meteorites Loan Scheme, which enabled it to borrow NASA moon rock discs and meteorites for five days.

Students from BMAT STEM, Burnt Mill Academy, Roydon Primary Academy and Cooks Spinney Primary Academy all got the chance to work with the samples.

Kendra Paho, a year 5 pupil from Roydon Primary Academy, said: “It has been really interesting and cool. We got to see the moon right in front of us and find out more information about it. It was fascinating.”

Paul Andrew, assistant head and science teacher at BMAT STEM, said: “It has been brilliant to share this with students. It has been lovely to see them so interested and engaged and doing something different.

“Seeing the way the children reacted to it really brought science alive. That is what it is about for me, making science real while doing something they can enjoy. One primary school pupil said she didn’t want to leave!”

Students getting a close-up view of a meteorite sample

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