James Webb Space Telescope - Primary Resources

The James Webb Space Telescope will make observations of distant stars and planets. It is due to be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket in 2021 from French Guiana. It is a highly technical design which has taken many years to be designed and made. It has been an international collaboration involving North America, Canada and Europe.

This collection of resources are linked to the design challenges that were faced by the teams designing, testing and building the James Webb Space Telescope. They allow older primary children to explore these problems through working scientifically, D & T and mathematics investigations. The resources are:

  • James Webb Space Telescope: Vibration Testing
  • James Webb Space Telescope: Designing the Primary Mirror
  • James Webb Space Telescope: Investigating How Freezing Affects Materials
  • James Webb Space Telescope: Keeping Things cold

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James Webb Space Telescope: Designing the Primary Mirror

This activity looks at the primary mirror of the James Webb Space Telescope exploring the challenges that faced scientists and engineers whilst they were designing it. Linking to tessellating shapes in mathematics children investigate different shapes. They then look at the rotational symmetry of regular hexagons and...
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James Webb Space Telescope: Vibration Design Testing

Aimed at upper primary learners this resource provides a design and technology activity based on the challenges engineers and space scientists faced whilst working on the creation of the telescope. Children design and make a model telescope to be launched into space. They carry out vibration tests, then modify their...
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James Webb Space Telescope: Keeping Things Cold

In this activity children learn about how the James Webb Space Telescope is designed to keep itself cold. They find out about the sunshield and how it works then explore how they can keep cold things cold, when they are exposed to heat; investigating the best material and number of layers for doing this most...
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James Webb Space Telescope: Investigating How Freezing Affects Materials

In this resource children investigate how the properties of different materials change when they are frozen. The two activities are based on a challenge scientists and engineers had when designing the James Webb Space Telescope: that the space facing side of the telescope needed to withstand very cold temperatures....
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