On Friday, 19th July Warrandyte Primary School celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by Apollo 11 mission. The students came dressed in a variety of costumes that ranged from Jupiter, to space and of course astronauts.

Mr Rick Griffiths stated, “It is so important that we commemorate these important events in the history of mankind”.

The students really enjoyed watching a video of the rocket taking off and then following its trajectory out of the atmosphere and then into orbit around the earth. “There was so much wonderful discussion about gravity, the size of the atmosphere and the amount of energy supplied by the fuel to propel the rocket into orbit” declared Jenny McDonell. In the upper grades the discussion revolved around many of the familiar things that we use on a regular basis that were discovered due to the space program. A few of these include, Nike Air Trainers, LED’s, camera phones and CAT scans.

No great learning happens without some hands-on activities. Students across the schools loved making their own paper rockets and they were surprised by the distance they travelled. The pro forma for these rockets can be found on the NASA website if anyone is interested. https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/learn/project/make-a-straw-rocket/

Other grades made cardboard moon rovers and astronaut landers. These activities helped them to understand the complexity of the whole Apollo 11 mission.

All in all it was an enjoyable day celebrating a significant event in our history.