AstroCymru’s ‘Mission X: Train like an Astronaut’


Ever wondered what it would be like to live on the International Space Station? Do you have what it takes to be an Astronaut? Take part in Mission X to find out about the daily challenges and fitness regime Astronauts have to endure and test your skills!

Bringing together science, fitness and nutrition, Mission X teaches children the importance of exercise and what it means to be healthy. Discover what affects space have on our bodies and how simple daily tasks become more challenging in zero gravity.


Schools can choose to sign up to the Mission X: Train like an Astronaut International program online and take the activities and knowledge from the workshop further.



Learning Objectives

After taking part in the workshop pupils should:

  • Appreciate the importance of drinking plenty of water and nutrient intake to maintain a healthy body
  • Understand the affects space has on the human body
  • Recognise which shapes and structures can withstand stronger forces
  • Discover how we can monitor our own health from different tell tale signs the body provides

Key stage 2 Curriculum Links  25130723955_d2109098d7_o

  • Carrying out different kinds of Scientific inquiry
  • Forces from Physical Processes
  • The Skeletal and Muscular systems
  • Nutrition and Digestion



  • The Mission X workshop requires a full school morning or afternoon (approximately 2 hours).

Suggested audiences

  • Suitable for year groups 3 – 6 (Key Stage 2, Ages 7 – 11)
  • Recommended 30 children (maximum 36)

We will need the venue to provide

  • Access to sink/water
  • Use of classroom computer, projector and screen
What people say about us

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    • “It was an amazing experience, and all the experiments were informative and exciting. It is an event we will never forget”
      Year 7 Student, Stanchester Academy
    • “Your contribution has drawn extremely positive comments from all sections of the school community – pupils and staff, parents, governors and others”
      K. Geary, Marlwood School, Bristol
    • “We all thoroughly enjoyed the two different shows that you put on for us! The children were all talk about them the following day! The teachers were too!”
      Mary Mother of Hope School, Dublin
    • “Both the staff and pupils thoroughly enjoyed watching the shows and taking part; it was a very welcome addition to our Science Day which provided and opportunity to present science to the children in an exciting way.”
      Thomas Jolyffe Primary School
    • “We would like to thank you for a fantastic morning of science. We like the way you included us in your presentation and experiments and gave us an insight in science throughout our life”
      Students at Carshalton High School for Girls
    • ‘science made simple have always been a pleasure to work with – not only when they’re presenting amazing science shows for our family audiences, but through training our own staff on their journey to becoming excellent science communicators.’
      Liz Smallman, Head of Learning , Eureka
    • “Zoe was very pleasant, enthusiastic and engaged the children throughout each show. A very enjoyable day, everyone commented on Zoe’s enthusiasm”
      Uplands Junior School
    • “You had an attentive and appreciative audience, quite an achievement when you consider that there were eight hundred 14-16 year olds in the auditorium”
      R. Newby, The Training Partnership
    • “Engineering I thought was to do with machines and I thought it would be a boring job, but now I think I might be one.”
      student age 10
    • “Loved how much the children were involved, and the enthusiasm of Zoë – amazing”
      Thomas’s Clapham, London
    • “We had around 2700 visitors. 98% of visitors rated the event as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’. Your session was also named by a number of guests as their ‘highlight’ of the festival”
      J. Heaton-Marriott, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “David was very clever, funny and kept the children engaged.”
      Cross Gates Primary School
    • “This was the best show. Amazing story! Heartfelt, emotional but furthermore very informative and I found a lot out!”
      Visitor, Lancashire Science Festival
    • “The show was organised, professional and creative. Many thanks for your hard work and commitment.”
      J. Ford, Barry Comprehensive
    • “There is no doubt at all that you made a big impact on the pupils, on the parents and indeed on all those who were privileged to be present”
      R. Court, Birkdale School, Sheffield
    • “The students loved every minute of it.  The shows were incredibly well put together, resourced and performed and it is a testament to Zoë for the hard work she puts into the prep work and the performance on the day”
      Sevenoaks School