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Solar system clearly explained

Many key stage 2 and 3 teachers have struggled with oranges, footballs and torches, trying vainly to elucidate the workings of the solar system to bemused classes and wishing they had three arms. An Inset day on March 1 at Eureka! the museum for children in Yorkshire, should make things easier. There they will see a variety of models and displays explaining the relations between sun, moon and planets, learn how to demonstrate the changes from day to night and the length of a year, and depart with activity cards reminding them how to do it all back at school. The Space Quest Inset day costs pound;70 (including lunch) and is at Eureka!, Discovery Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX1 2NE. Tel: 01422 330069; fax: 01422 330275; email:; 24-hour information: 07626 983191; website with more about the education programme: Tom Deveson

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