Last night saw our first Stargazing event which was planned to coincide with the launch of the BBCs Stargazing Live programme of activities across the country. The church at St John's Salford buzzed with the enthusiastic hum of families and children playing with telescopes and spotting far off stars, trying their hand at giant jigsaws of the moon, getting an infra red picture of their hands and faces, pitting their wits against JMU experts in the galatic quiz, modifying images of galaxies with Manchester University staff, trying out fascinating experiments and of course topping it all off with hot chocolate and marshmallows.
We were enthusiastically supported by our partners from St John's Community Centre, John Moores University Astrophysics Research Institute, Manchester University and amatuer astronomists from around the region. Clare Ivory our STEMM Co-ordinator and event organiser was delighted with the turn out. She said, "I'm absolutely amazed that so many people have braved the weather to come along. It just shows you how interested people are in finding out about science. We've had over 130 visitors and everyone has really enjoyed the event. The feedback has been really good and it has been great to see parents and children having fun together and learning something new at the same time".
and finally, well done Clare!!