Staff arrived at Workington Academy this morning to find that a meteorite had landed in the school grounds. An initial assessment of the impact site ruled that it was safe to open the building to students while a deeper investigation took place. Students arrived at the academy this morning to find an area at the front of school cordoned off and still under investigation. Throughout the morning, reports came in of a series of other impact sites across the Cumbria Education Trust, with schools in the Carlisle and Penrith areas also being affected. This led investigators to the conclusion that alien explorers had targeted the schools in their search for intelligent life. They had come to the right place!
Year 8 students Zakk and Harry said they were very intrigued when they first arrived at school to find areas cordoned off and staff in ‘Haz Mat’ suits, but relieved when “it turned out we were doing a space-themed day, and that’s really cool […] the lessons were all themed around it”.
Key Stage Three students have spent the day investigating and writing about meteorite landings and extraterrestrials across all of their subjects. They have explored the radius of craters when meteorites are travelling at different speeds, megafauna extinction theories, the ‘Space Race’ and extraterrestrial problem-solving, and have produced some amazing examples of newspaper articles and space-themed creative writing.
A selection of photographs and work will be published as part of a Cumbria Education Trust book.