Who needs a rocket to enjoy the wonders of space? Pembrokeshire pupils will soon be able to explore the Cosmos thanks to a new mobile planetarium.
The Pembrokeshire schools StarLab is available to all schools and students in the County.
The mobile planetarium has a projector, which provides high resolution images of the Universe, as well as a computer-simulated star field display.
Designed to bring cutting edge science to all students in the County, it can show the night sky at any season and any location on Earth.
The project has been developed by the Community Focused Schools team within the County Council's Education Services and is led by Rob Woodman, head of Physics at Ysgol Bro Gwaun in Fishguard, and Alastair Birch, Out of School Hours Learning Coordinator
As well as promoting science, the StarLab also has a cultural role as it is able to display star constellations from different cultures around the world enabling youngsters to learn and relive the different cultural stories behind the stars.
"This is a wonderful initiative," said Councillor Huw George, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People.
"We know that astronomy and space exploration capture the imagination of the young. We hope this project will built on that initial enthusiasm and draw them into the more serious world of science, as well as teach them how the study of the stars has influenced the many different peoples and cultures of the world."
Pictured with the StarLab at Ysgol Bro Gwaun are (L-R): Councillor Huw George, Rob Woodman, Alastair Birch and six year old Thomas Woodman.
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