Pupils from Larkmead, John Mason and Abingdon School enjoyed a day of Space Physics activities when the Abingdon Science Partnership, run by Abingdon School, hosted a National Space Academy masterclass, led by Lead Educator Robin Mobbs.
Space exploration is a vital part of the economy locally, with many of the world's leading experts in satellite technology working at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratories near Didcot and at Oxford University.
Robin led the pupils through the stages of manned space flight, using practical demonstrations to illustrate 'g' forces during liftoff, weightlessness and how it feels to wear a space suit.
There were many recent video clips of Tim Peake carrying out demonstrations in microgravity aboard the International Space Station and a rocket launching competition, but only using compressed air, rather than the explosive hydrogen-oxygen mixture used in reality.
At the end of the day, one of the students was heard to comment, 'I had expected it to be like a lesson, but it was much more fun'!