Schoolboys at Dartford Grammar School, Kent, England, have taken one of the latest developments in science into the "do-it-yourself" category.
Schoolboys at Dartford Grammar School, Kent, England, have taken one of the latest developments in science into the "do-it-yourself" category. Visnews filmed than Dec 4 building their own radio telescope.
Inspired by Britain's satellite and rocket tracker, the Jodrell Bank radio telescope, they started work in their spare time last Easter.
But unlike Jodrell Bank, the biggest in the world, the boys' telescope is one of the smallest. The diameter of the reflector is only 12 feet.
School physics master Colin Wolstenholme told Visnews: "This really is all the boys own work - nothing to do with me at all All I have done is given a little advice now and them."
Even the idea was suggested by two of the boys, fifteen-year-olds Douglas Miller and Brian Morgan.
And the telescope has already produced results. Although not yet completed, signals were received during initial tests with the reflector pointing at the sun.
"What we will be able to achieve with the telescope when it is completed sometime in the future is anyone's guess," said Mr. Wolstenholme. "We may be able to track satellites and rockets but we are not yet sure how accurate the telescope will be."
But if enthusiasm is anything to go by, the efforts of Kent's would-be scientists will be more than a "shot in the dark."