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Mini brainiacs captivate conference audience

22 Apr 2009, 17:15 UTC
Mini brainiacs captivate conference audience
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A group of Gifted and Talented Pupils led by Mrs Tina Sherwood of the Meden School and Technology College in Nottinghamshire captivated fellow astronomers at the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science.The keen 11 and 12 year old students - Chloe Johnson, Joshua Cantrell, Laura Simpson and Niall Evans - gave mini presentations on the subject of archeoastronomy, the study of how people in the past have understood the night sky. The audience learnt how to find the pole star, as well as how the stars in Orion's belt line up perfectly with the three pyramids at Gisa. We also heard about stone circles like Stonehenge and how the stones are used as compass points and to mark from which direction the Sun rises and sets.From scientists to journalists, after stopping for a video interview with Astronomy Now and Starlight, and to pose for photos with the Mars Rover prototype Bridget, the students joined members of the media in the EWASS press room to write up the day's events for the Newsround blog. The team of young scientists will be repeating their presentation in a longer allocated slot at 8pm on Tuesday 28 April at The Open Dome at ...

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