Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) has announced a packed programme of topics as its Science at Home programme continues throughout July.

The programme, which is delivered via AOP’s social media platforms, has been praised by both parents and teachers for bolstering learning at home during lockdown.

Markethill Primary School teacher, Pamela McCool said: “My own children have been really enjoying the series and I know a lot of our pupils have also had great fun following the experiments at home. Armagh Observatory and Planetarium deserves a lot of credit for devising such an educational and fun series of topics. Not only have they provided great entertainment for children when they are stuck at home, but they have also bolstered the home-schooling activities we have been doing with pupils.”

AOP Education and Outreach Manager, Sinead Mackle has appealed for more families across the country to take part as a new programme of topics was launched this week. Sinead said: “While we may not be having our usual onsite summer programme at the Planetarium, we want to bring the activities to you at home.

“Join us on our social media channels for the months of July and into August for Summer Science at Home with AOP.

“Every week we will have a different space theme full of experiments, crafts and fun facts and we would love for families across the country to take part.”


June 28 – July 4: Earth Week

What to look out for:

  • Reading of ‘Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years’ by Stacy McAnulty.
  • How to make your own tornado.
  • Jaw-dropping facts about our home planet.

July 5 – July 11: Solar System Week

What to look out for:

  • Reading of ‘Goodnight Starry’ by D’Arcy Lewis.
  • How to make your own Solar System using a paper plate.
  • See if you can crack AOP’s secret code!

July 12 – July 18: Mars Week

What to look out for:

  • NASA plans to launch its rover, Perseverance, in July.
  • Enter AOP’s ‘Make your own Mars Rover’ competition.
  • Learn about Mars in 60 seconds.

July 19 – July 25: Moon Week

What to look out for:

  • How to make your own moon rock.
  • Learn about the first landing on the moon and Apollo 11.
  • Join AOP for their popular Toddler Takeover online.

July 26 – August 1: Astronaut Week

What to look out for:

  • Reading of ‘Goodnight Spaceman’ by Michelle Robinson.
  • Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?
  • Make your own astronaut helmet.

Armagh Observatory and Planetarium is currently closed to visitors but you can keep up to date with the Science at Home programme and other developments by visiting

Nadia Duncan

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