Welcome to the Huntingdon District Space Challenge Resource Site

This is the Huntingdon District Space Challenge Resource site.

The challenge pack is attached to this article (click "Read more" or on the title of the post to see the full article).

Alternatively, click on the rocket badge at the side to download the pack and launch the challenge.

I'll be using this site to link to resources which can help you with the challenge.

I'll post pictures and videos on how to make or do some of the activities, and when add more activities to the challenge we'll keep this site updated.

Earth's natural satellite - The Moon

The moon is also a satellite which orbits Earth, at different times we can see different amounts of the moon, this is known as it's phases.

The phases will be different depending on where you live.

For details of the moon's phases see wikipedia article:

Make a Model Aeolus

Aeolus is a satellite which is due to be launched in 2018 and will measure wind.

Download the template and instructions on how to build from:

Model Aeolus

Info on Aeolus : https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/EarthObservation/AEOLUS_sheet_170809.pdf

Making & Using a Planisphere

Make a planisphere
You can print templates and instructions from here.


How to use a Planisphere

Make a model of Sputnik

Sputnik 1 was the first man made satellite.

Make a model Sputnik you’ll need:

How to make:

Space Campfire

Astronauts have to create their own entertainment:

  • Hold your own space themed campfire
  • Make up and sing space themed songs
  • See sample songs in the Song Pack attached below
  • If you have access to youtube then watch the video below.
    On the eve of his return to Earth after nearly five months on board the International Space Station, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield has recorded his own version of David Bowie's Space Oddity.

Make an Alien

Materials needed:

  • Fork
  • Bright coloured wool
  • Googly eyes
  • Things to decorate your alien i.e. foam shapes and pipe cleaners.
  • Clear plastic cups
  • Disposable bowl or plate
  • Glue
  • Felt pens

Instructions to make:

Making Homemade Planetarium / Telescope

You can either make a planetarium or telescope

You will need:

How to make:

Paper Rockets

For this activity you will need:

  • A copy of the Rocket Template for each child (3 per page).
  • Scissors
  • Sellotape
  • Wooden dowels sharpened to a point at one end or thick pencils
  • Bendy straws
  • felt tips and other materials to decorate the rockets.

Instructions for making the rocket:

You can download the instructions for file below

The basic steps are:

Huntingdon Big Brownie Birthday Rocket

The Big Brownie Birthday Rocket

For the Big Brownie Birthday I build a large rocket, and with the help of Huntingdon Senior Sections we launched it.

It was launch at Big EARS launch run by East Anglian Rocketry Society

For details of a launch near you visit the UKRA launch site at http://ukra.org.uk

See the video below.


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