Astrobiology

Suitable for Key Stage 1 and 2

There is increasing evidence that suggests that we are not alone in the universe, there is probably life on other planets. But why do we think this? What is needed for life to survive? How would we detect alien life and what would it look like?

This session outlines the basic concepts used in astrobiology, the big bang and the formation of planets, what is needed for life to exist, our attempts to find alien life so far and where we think we might find life.

The session finishes by giving the pupils a chance to see what alien life might look like through microscopes (its actually brine shrimp and single cell algae but they’re not too far wide of the mark).

There is also an option for us to return in the evening with our telescope so the pupils can look at some of the star/planets discussed in the session. This is dependent on time of year (not all planets are viable all year).

Equipment provided by us:

  • Microscopes
  • Microscope slides and cover slips
  • “Aliens”
  • Work sheets
  • (Telescope)

Equipment to be provided by the school:

  • Pencils
  • Laptop able to run the newest version of Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Projector