28th workshop: Space travel

1. Opening circle (10 min)

Big circle: How do you feel now, what happened to you during the last week? 

2. Dangerous space adventure (10 min)

The facilitator puts newspaper sheets on the floor (half as many as the number of participants) and marks the playing field. This is space and the sheets are the planets. The participants have to travel from one end of space to the other on tiptoes. But it is a dangerous journey, because aliens sometimes attack the travellers and they can only find safety on the planets. When the facilitator shouts ‘ATTACK’, participants must jump on a sheet of newspaper. They can share sheets, but their whole feet must be on the paper. The ones who were not quick enough are out. The facilitator can take out some of the sheets to make the journey more dangerous (saying that planet exploded).

3. Help me, who am I?  (15 min) – clothespins, word cards (Annex)

The facilitator uses the clothespins to put the word cards on the participants’ back. The participants have to find out who they are by asking yes/no question from the others.

4. The life of an astronaut (20 min) – large sheets of papare, colour markers, tablets, smartphones

Participants work in small groups. Each group decides where they want to travel in space. They should use the tablets/smartphones to find out the distance and calculate how long the journey would take with a supersonic spaceship. They discuss what ‘supersonic’ means, how fast sound travels (appr. 1,236 km/h)

They decide how they want to spend their time during the journey, what they will eat and drink, how much provisions they should take. They should check out what kind of work astronauts do, what kind of probelms they have to face. How long do they want to travel? How will they communicate with Earth and their loved ones?

The groups present their work.

5. Closing circle (5 min)

What are you taking away from this workshop? What was the best/ most difficult?


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