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What is ‘Voyager' ?

‘Voyager' is an educational card game played by two to four people. The target audience is students between 10 and 13 years old, but the game can also be enjoyed by older players. Instructions are included in the pack of cards, and some additional information is given in this booklet. Development of the game was funded by the Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC), and supported by the University of Leicester.

Voyager cards

What will students gain from playing the game?

  • At Key Stage 3 in the Earth and Beyond section of the Physical Processes area of Science, the National Curriculum states that pupils should be taught “about the use of artificial satellites and probes to observe the Earth and to explore the solar system”
  • Basic knowledge of some of the many scientific satellites of the past, present and future
  • An appreciation of British involvement in space science activities
  • Practice in verbalising and ordering numbers of different magnitudes
  • Development of team work skills if undertaking a project based on the game (suggestions for projects are given below)
  • A fun group experience, different to usual lesson activities

Voyager card: XMM-Newton

Ideas and suggestions for classroom activities after playing the card game:


If computers are available, students can choose a satellite they are interested in and find out more information using the satellite specific web address. A project can involve obtaining a picture of the satellite different to that on the card, and finding out some more information about what the satellite does

Students can work in a group to design their own satellite, deciding what science it should do, and drawing what it should look like

Students can make a model of one of the satellites in the game. The picture on the card can be used along with further pictures obtained from the card's web address to get an idea of what it should look like

Students can be asked to suggest new rules for the game or new rules can be tried out. For example, the letter or number in the top left corner of the cards can be used, the winner being the first player to collect all of a certain letter or number

To get a copy of Voyager, just e-mail the game's creator, David Smith on david.smith@brunel.ac.uk

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