Time for blast off at Gravity Discovery Centre’s rocket making school holiday program


Astronomer and tour guide Riley Johnston with Reef (7) and Levi (5) Cavalier launching a rocket. Picture: Martin Kennealey d477961
Astronomer and tour guide Riley Johnston with Reef (7) and Levi (5) Cavalier launching a rocket. Picture: Martin Kennealey d477961

THE summer school holiday program launched at the Gravity Discovery Centre (GDC) this week with rocket making and ‘Astro kids’ programs running throughout January.

The Gingin science hub is holding rocket making and launching activities from 11am to 1.30pm every Monday, Wednesday and Friday until January 26.

Tour guide Riley Johnston said participants should bring a 1.25L plastic soft drink bottle, which they would use to make a rocket.

“Kids get to come in and make a rocket and launch it,” he said.

The ‘Astro kids’ activities run at the same times on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and Mr Johnston said participants could see sun spots and solar flares through the centre’s solar telescope.

He said they would also learn about space junk, the Skylab space station and the solar system.

“It’s experiencing something that you wouldn’t otherwise have access to in your day to day life,” he said.

Parental supervision is required but bookings are not. Entry fees apply.

Visit gravitycentre.com.au for more.

The GDC Observatory is also open for stargazing on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm during the school holidays.

For bookings, call 9575 7577 or email bookings@gravitycentre.com.au.

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