To infinity...in my rocket!

Children at Busy Bees Children's Nursery (Warton) have been making rockets with the help of the Starchaser educational outreach programme

Children at Busy Bees Children's Nursery (Warton) have been making rockets with the help of the Starchaser educational outreach programme

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THIS caped crusader saw stars when he was among a group of tots who learned how to build a space rocket at his nursery school.

Busy Bees Nursery at BAE Systems, Warton, had a visit from Starchasers – the educational arm of space company Starchaser Industries.

The visit was part of the nursery’s annual space week and designed to get excitement levels to dizzying new heights.

The children made the rockets out of paper, and staff were astonished when they were launched as high as 200 feet.

Naomi Jackson, manager at the Rake Lane nursery, said: “The children have quite literally been jumping up and down with excitement, it has really inspired them to take a big interest in space.

“They have loved space week anyway and been really enthusiastic so having the rocket building was icing on the cake.

“The children built them from paper with a plastic cap, we didn’t think they would fly but they were really fast and really high.

“Every one did a count down and got to press the launch button and some rockets even ended up on the roof.”

“It was a brilliant day and the children have got so much from it.

“Although they are still young, by introducing them to science now, they will see that the subject is interesting and fun.”

Starchaser’s set up their education programme to ignite curiosity and creativity using rocketry as a focus.

All the nursery’s children were shown how to design, build and fly their very own rocket and then test them using a special air launcher.

And the budding astronauts could not have been more pleased with their efforts and dressed in space fancy dress to celebrate the day.

Ace Russell, two, said: “It was really good fun and I made a big rocket, I liked watching it fly!”

Jorge Coles, three, said: “I loved watching my rocket go up because it went really fast but then it came down again.”

The children were allowed to take their rockets home.