18 Jul Year 5 – Mission to Mars
Last week, Year 5 embarked on the tube from South Harringay and headed towards South Kensington. Our destination was the National History Museum, where we immediately made our way to a workshop. The workshop began with an engaging slide show focused on Mars, where the children were able to share their knowledge on our solar system. After this, the children began discussing the ‘Mars Rover’ which is a motor vehicle designed to travel on the surface of Mars.
Excitement filled the air as the children followed instructions to create their own rovers in groups using Lego pieces. To enable their rover to move, the children inserted batteries and used a coding app to program their movements. The creativity continued as the children added custom features like solar panels, lights, and even sounds.
Once the rovers were ready, they conducted tests on various rocky surfaces, similar to the conditions of Mars. They were even challenged to measure their rover’s weight and considered the implications of fuel consumption. The heavier the rover, the more fuel it required, resulting in higher costs.
Following the workshop, we had our lunch in the lunch hall at the museum. Afterwards, we explored the museum, marvelling at the exhibits. We looked at captivating displays of minerals, as well as the slightly more scary ‘creepy crawly’ and dinosaur sections!
Overall, our school trip was a fantastic experience. From constructing and programming rovers to enjoying the museum’s fascinating displays, we had a memorable and enriching day.