Children explored the world of space last week in a huge day of science fun.

They were able to train as astronauts, help guide robots and build their own rockets at a science fair in Didcot.

Organised by the Harwell-based Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)at the Cornerstone Arts Centre, the event on Thursday marked the anniversary year of the Apollo moon landings.

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Families learnt about what it takes to launch into space at astronaut training workshops and some children stepped into the role by trying on special space suits that are used in the Harwell campus’ lab clean rooms.

Children could also guide bee-bot robots around a moon maze, drilling into the surface and avoiding obstacles.

They also had the chance to get creative and build their own rocket which they tested on a mini vibration table to simulate take-off conditions before launching them for real.

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The free family event, saw researchers present planetarium shows and talk about the science of space and how we look at the Earth, understand our Sun and have travelled to and orbited the moon.

Younger children enjoyed storytelling about the tale of the lunar landing.

STFC is a UK Government body that carries out civil research in science and engineering, and funds UK research in areas including particle physics, nuclear physics, space science and astronomy.

Children are being encouraged to study STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – subjects.