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Autism Friendly Stargazing 2018

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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Oxford

Didcot

Didcot

OX11 0QX

United Kingdom

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We are happy to announce that we will be holding another autism friendly version of our extremely popular stargazing event on Friday 19 January from 16:00 - 17:15. Please note that this is not a drop in session like our standard stargazing event - you will need to arrive by 16:00 in order to take part.

This will be a much quieter event, purely for those with autism as we know that bigger events can be too intimidating. The groups will be kept small and there will be no pressure for anyone to take part if they do not wish to do so.

When booking, you will be asked to choose which group you would like to be in. Each group has a selected pair of activities, a description of each activity can be found below.

The timetable will be as follows:

16:00 - Arrival
16:15 - 16:45 - First activity
16:45 - 17:15 - Second activity
17:15 - Depart

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you or your child get the most out of this event by emailing us at stargazingral@stfc.ac.uk

Spaces are extremely limited so that it's not an overwhelming experience for anyone attending. Because of this, if you know that you will not be able to make the event, please contact us as soon as you can so we can offer the tickets to someone else.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING

This event is for people on the autistic spectrum and their family.

Activities are suitable for ages 5 upwards.

One ticket allows you to bring a maximum of 2 adults (16+) and 2 children (2-16). Babies and infants under 2 years do not need a ticket (please read notes for ISIS tour).

Please let us know, giving as much notice as possible, if you can no longer attend so we can offer it to our waiting list.


ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS

Comet Show
In this small show, Lauren will discuss what a comet is and what it is made from. During the show, she will make a comet (as close as we can get to the real thing on Earth!).

Craft Activities
You can choose to make one, or all of these craft items:

  • Make your very own comet to take away with you. Much less smelly and dirty than the real thing, plus it won’t melt!
  • Make your own Saturn mobile from paper plates
  • Rocky and gaseous planet balls
  • There's also the chance to hold a real meteorite

Planetarium Show
Vicky will take you on a quick journey around our night skies, showing you some of the star constellations visible from where we live. It is very dark in the planetarium and voices sound louder than normal, so you will need to avoid talking or whispering too much as everyone will hear you. We know the dome can be a bit scary to some people, so if you don’t think that you (or your child) will like being in this environment, please consider booking a different activity.

Robots
Here at RAL we are working on clever robots that we can send to places like Mars. We have some robots made from Lego Mindstorms that you can control using a tablet. How well can you steer our robots? Are you confident enough to try driving through the maze? We would just like to make you aware that this session is likely to be quite busy with staff leaving for the day as it is in the atrium of a building where lots of people work.

Space Builders
Our clever engineers are always building things to get sent up into space. Things that get sent into space have to be really, really clean so they are built in special areas called clean rooms. In order to keep the rooms cleaner than a hospital operating theatre, the engineers have to wear clean room suits. In this activity, you will learn why it is so important for space things to be so clean and you will have a chance to dress up in full clean room suits to see what it is like. We would just like to make you aware that this session is likely to be quite busy with staff leaving for the day as it is in the atrium of a building where lots of people work.

ISIS Tour
Some of our scientists will be on hand to take you into our very own particle accelerator and tell you how we use it to study space. Note that this activity is only available for children aged eight and over. Families bringing babies or infants under 2 years may not book this event as everyone in the group must be 8 years or over.

Rocket Making
3, 2, 1, blast off! Make your own rocket and launch it. Aim is important – hopefully you won’t lose your rocket in deep space. Don’t forget to give your rocket a name! The rockets make a slight noise when launched, it's not loud (more of a pop) but we will do a countdown and let you press the button to launch it so you know when the noise will happen.

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STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Harwell Oxford

Didcot

Didcot

OX11 0QX

United Kingdom

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