Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing

24 June 2019

Did you know that it’s the moon landing’s 50th anniversary on the 20th of July?

Half a century ago, two astronauts called Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took the first steps on the surface of the moon. The event was broadcast globally, and to this day, Neil Armstrong’s words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” are recognised all over the world.

Now that the 50th moon landing anniversary is here, it’s worth thinking about how you can mark this important event for your pupils – whether inside the classroom, or on school space trips.

What can children learn from the moon landing?

From science and engineering to political history, a lot of fascinating topics can be covered in a lesson about Apollo 11.

Pupils can discuss the secrets of surviving in space, how rockets work, the geology of moonrocks, and the historical context of the “space race” between America and the Soviet Union.

You could even download some free Apollo 11 images, and spend a lesson making up your own conspiracy theories and stories. Let your imagination take you to infinity – and beyond!

Space school trips

Of course, the best way to really bring the moon landing to life is on a space school trip.

On the continent, the ultimate school science trip destination is the Euro Space Centre in Belgium. Here, students of all ages can enjoy virtual reality space simulators, experience an ‘astronaut training’ session, and take part in fascinating tours and hands-on workshops over a few fun-packed days. You can even choose to give your Euro Space Centre science trip a ‘rocket’ or ‘astronomy’ theme to fit with your learning objectives.

Further afield, you can enjoy an out of this world school trip to Orlando, Florida. Home to the world-renowned Kennedy Space Centre (and of course Disney World’s Space Mountain ride!) this destination is particularly relevant to the moon landing anniversary. After all, it was President John F Kennedy who promised to safely send an American to the moon before the end of the 60’s.   

Study visits to the Kennedy Space Centre offer next-level experiences in space exploration. Pupils can try out a Shuttle Launch Experience® for themselves, walk alongside a 365ft-long rocket, and even meet a real-life astronaut – a sure-fire way to truly bring the subject to life.