Healthy Bodies in Space

Life Science Centre and Dr Andrew Winnard, Northumbria University

Take part in hands-on activities which explore how muscles, bones and joints in your body keep you moving. Find out the problems they would have in space and try out some exercises to keep them strong and healthy. The session finishes with Dr Andrew Winnard answering questions sent in by Space Fest participants.

The team at Life Science Centre inspire people in North East England (and beyond!) to explore and enjoy science and discover its relevance to their own lives. We engage people with space science using our hands-on activities, exhibitions and events where people can meet and chat to people working locally in STEM jobs.

Dr Andrew Winnard is a team member of the Aerospace Medicine and Rehabilitation Laboratory at Northumbria University where he leads an Aerospace Medicine Systematic Review Group. He works with the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA to review the scientific evidence underpinning space medicine operations and the effects that spaceflight has on the astronauts bodies. He has studied biomechanics and is a trained physiotherapist who finds new ways of helping astronauts to re-build strength in their muscles, bones and joints when they return from space missions. He specialises reviewing science data to inform medical decisions of flight decisions along with being an expert on spinal rehabilitation.  All of this research helps people here on earth who have problems with deconditioning or back pain. Andrew and the team take part in outreach events to share the story of how the exciting research they do in Newcastle upon Tyne, may one day help people travelling to Mars!

 

Brief description of session:

Human spaceflight brings many exciting new discoveries than benefit people back on Earth, but it can have harmful effects on the human body. Discover how scientists and physiotherapists at Northumbria University help the European Space Agency (ESA) and NASA plan to keep astronauts’ bodies healthy, before, during and after their missions.

Take part in hands-on activities which explore how muscles, bones and joints in your body keep you moving. Find out the problems they would have in space and try out some exercises to keep them strong and healthy.

The session finishes with Dr Andrew Winnard answering questions sent in by Space Fest participants.

If you have questions for Andrew please send them to education@life.org.uk by Wednesday 23rd September. 

 

Type of session:

Hands-on workshop and Q&A session

 

Age range:

Suitable for 7-11 yrs Key stage 2

 

What you will need to take part in this session:

  • Worksheets
  • Pencil / pen
  • Space to perform simple exercises