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

This collection of resources have been provided by ESERO-UK.


Primary Mirror Origami Challenge

This activity provides a step by step guide for how to create an origami hexagon. It is linked to the James Webb Space Telescope’s primary mirror which is composed of 18 tessellating hexagons. Children can work individually to create...