Moonwalk Challenge

Can you help Astro Mo reach the moon?

We are running a Plymouth-wide school walking challenge with the aim of, collectively, travelling to the moon by the end of October.

The Moon walk challenge will be running from 1 October to 2 November 2018. To kick start the challenge we will be walking to each school in Plymouth with Astro Mo, inviting school children to help walk between schools, to help Astro Mo begin his journey of walking to the moon.

We want to raise awareness of the health benefits active travel has (walking/cycling/scooting) and how exercise is great and can be easy to include as part of a family’s daily routine.

We hope the challenge will be a fun and engaging way to encourage children to try active travel modes and encourage parents/carers to walk for at least part of the school journey. As well as a chance for schools to compete to see who can walk the furthest over the four weeks.

Carry the Friendship Flag!

Your school will need to choose 10 pupils from the oldest year group that are taking part in the Moonwalk challenge and an adult to take on our relay Moonwalk challenge. On the allotted time and date provided we will meet you at your school gate to set off to the next school along with Astro Mo. On reaching your neighbouring school, after a short welcome and presentation of your Friendship Flag your 10 pupils along with their responsible adult will need to return back to school after waving Astro Mo and the new team of walkers off.

We’re inviting you to get creative by offering a Friendship Flag to your neighbouring school. You might already work with your neighbour school, or this might be a new opportunity to explore your links; either way, why not run a competition before October for your pupils to design and make a School Friendship Flag? This can then be carried from your school to the next school and ‘planted’ as a sign of cohesion and friendship within our city schools.

Encourage your pupils to think about what should be on your school flag. This could include:

  • The school logo
  • A school motto
  • School colours
  • Images of what makes your school special?
  • A space theme

Laminate the winning A4 (or A3) design and attach to a bamboo cane or thin piece of dowling after punching holes in the flag’s sides and tying with string, or, use a staple gun to staple the flag on to a thin post.

What is the challenge?

The Moon walk is a four week walking challenge with the aim of helping Astro Mo reach the moon.

The competition for schools is to see who can clock up the most time spent walking during the challenge.Schools will be provided with classroom posters to tally their minutes of walking each day. We will collect this data weekly, updating the leader board on the webpage to see which school is doing the best. This will track how far away Astro Mo is from reaching the moon. Winners will be announced in November.

Where are we and when?

Calendar to be confirmed

What you can win

The walking relay where Astro Mo is carried between every school in Plymouth is just the start. We want your pupils to log every minute of walking during the whole month of October. We will provide you classroom posters to tally their minutes and we’ll call to record your school’s progress every week.

It’s well worth promoting the competition and giving the competition a good shot because first prize is a whole-day visit from Space Odyssey, the travelling planetarium. Second prize is a new ScooterPod for your school and there are many other participant prizes along the way including stickers, water bottles, keyrings and other fun things.


Tessa Price

School Travel Engagement Officer

T: 01752 307 928



Download the Moonwalk Challenge flyer below to promote the challenge in your school.

 Moonwalk Challenge flyer [173KB]

Winners will be announced on Monday 5 November 2018