Albany Students experience 'Life on Mars'

Twenty five, Year 7 and 8 students at Albany Academy experienced how scientists collect data to see if there is life on Mars.

Students got to work in the new Ri Young Scientist Centre at UCLan that is funded by the UK Space Agency. A range of experiments were on offer to the students including programming a Mars Rover (robot) to move across the Mars landscape and using chemicals to test for organic compounds on the planet.

Miss Fox, Head of the Science faculty at Albany Academy, said, “The students were able to take part in activities outside of the curriculum that were very similar to those carried out by scientists looking for life on Mars and they gained a real insight in to how scientists work on a daily basis. Elizabeth Granger and Sujata Patel (the organisers) were fantastic too and made what could have been a difficult concept into an accessible and fun day that really inspired those who attended.”

The students’ feedback highlighted how much they enjoyed their visit, with Year 8 student, Mikolaj Pilarski, saying, “It was a very interesting trip where we got to learn how professional scientists work on researching life on Mars, such as programming robots or rovers to move. I also tested for organic compounds in pure water and filtrate. This got me more into learning about science and whether there is life on Mars.”

Click the link to see what our student thought about the 'Life on Mars' visit. Student reviews