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The programme is of a lecture given by Helen Sharman at Sussex University for the Vega Trust, to more able KS2/3? students. It deals with the Physics,Chemistry and Biology of Manned Spaceflight.

I have used this video with my more able KS3 classes for several years because Helen is a dynamic presenter who clearly enjoys her work and communicates very effectively with children. It is unique in that Helen can speak from the experience of her flight in Mir.

She discusses such basic issues as going to the toilet in zero gravity in a totally matter of fact (or down to earth!) way without a single blush.

The question and answer session at the end is my favorite section, where her first hand knowledge really comes to the fore. What she has to say is immensely interesting and really holds the students attention.

The lecture is a refreshing change from the norm of frantic music, zany presenters and dramatic video sequences. (Bill Nye eat your heart out)"

David Daniels, Science Teacher.


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