The Newsround crew join 300 excited school children for blast off!

16 December 2015 by Felicity

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Space hats at the ready! 300 children watched the launch live at World Museum

Yesterday World Museum shared the amazing moment that astronaut Tim Peake blasted off on his journey to the International Space Station with 300 extremely excited Merseyside primary school children!

We were also joined by CBBC’s Newsround crew, which only made the moment more memorable for the children – we had lots of fans of the show in the room!

Presenter Martin Dougan described the atmosphere at World Museum on Newsround’s website:

“This was one of the best days ever! Some kids came in wearing space helmets, which they’d made themselves.

“The museum erupted with cheers during the countdown and everyone knew at that moment, history was being made.”

Children watched the live broadcast of the rocket launch, before enjoying a jam-packed afternoon of interactive activities, designed to teach them about life on the International Space Station and the fascinating science behind human space flight.

Newsround's Martin Dougan is joined by students from Christ Church CE Primary, Sefton and teacher Mr Nichols.

Newsround’s Martin Dougan is joined by students from Christ Church CE Primary, Sefton, and teacher Mr Nichols. Image © Newsround,

There was a chance to get hands-on with Lego rover robots, led by robotics specialists from the University of Liverpool, and to watch live experiments to discover how science makes human space flight possible.

Children could also take inspiration from Tim Peake and learn how to ‘train like an astronaut’ with help from Liverpool John Moores University’s expert sports scientists.

Professor Andrew Newsam from the Astrophysics Research Institute at Liverpool John Moores University closed the day’s events with a talk revealing how modern technology is opening up a view of the Cosmos on a scale that astronomers would never have believed possible, just a couple of generations ago!

Excitement for the launch has been building here at World Museum for several months, after we were selected as one of 20 centres from across the UK to host the Destination Space education programme. It’s proven to be a big hit so far – more than 11,000 people have taken part in our events!

We hope that the day inspired lots of young minds to think about ways in which they might become involved in the space industry in the future. It’s estimated that the UK will have 100,000 extra jobs in the Space Sector by 2030 so there really is a role for everybody out there!

For more information on the Destination Space programme at World Museum, including upcoming event listings, visit

Special curriculum-linked activities for school children aged 5-14 will begin at World Museum in January 2016, during Tim Peake’s time in space.

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