The team launch a new competition to design a mission patch for British astronaut Tim Peake. Meanwhile, Radzi gets to grips with racing superspeed Formula E cars.
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Coming up on today's Blue Peter,
we're launching a competition that is out of this world.
That's why I've got my spacesuit on and I've come up to space.
So don't go anywhere - it's going to be amazing.
Right, I'd better get back to the studio.
-Linds, you are in the studio.
Guys, why did you have to ruin it? It was really believable till then.
-You ruin everything!
-All right, calm down.
We should give her some SPACE.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
Oh, she's off. Hello and welcome to Blue Peter!
It's live - that's why Iggy's run away.
But we're going to be giving you a PUPDATE on how she's been getting on
and she'll be practising some of her new skills live in the studio.
I check out a supercar...
These guys are going so quickly.
..and brand-new circus company Circulus
are going to be in the studio
with an amazing performance for us in a bit.
OK, front flip now. Ready?
Now! I'm only kidding!
Don't! Health and safety!
And in T-minus six minutes,
we're going to be launching our brand-new competition,
which gives you the chance to design a mission patch
for British astronaut Tim Peake to wear in space. Where's Iggy?
Also, it's a live show, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls.
-She's there, getting treats.
-She knows what she wants.
We'd like you to get in touch and tell us your summer highlights.
Get in touch and we'll read your comments out later in the show.
We want to know - what have been your summer highlights?
Maybe it's been hanging out with your friends,
maybe going on holiday, maybe the good weather or a sporting event.
I think mine's got to be going to Nanjing
for the Youth Olympics in China.
It was, er... Bye, Iggy.
It was amazing. What was yours, Barn?
I went to Canada with my mate, Abs, and we climbed mountains all week.
It was one of the best things I've ever done, I loved it.
Whatever yours is, we want to hear from you.
We love it when you get in touch.
Yes, join in and we'll read out
as many comments as possible at the end of the show.
One of my summer highlights - I got pretty excited about this -
was when I found out I was going to be coming face-to-face
with a supercar.
MUSIC: "The Chain" by Fleetwood Mac
And it's steeped in history and tradition.
Actually, it's none of those.
It's completely brand-new.
Welcome to another chapter in the world of motorsport - Formula E.
These may look like Formula 1 racing cars,
but there's big difference - they only run on electricity
in the world's first fully-electric racing championship.
This is Donington Park in Leicestershire,
where all of the teams are based.
And, in just two weeks' time, the series will be starting in Beijing.
But, for the next two days,
we've got an exclusive access-all-areas pass
to see just how the teams are gearing up.
There are ten teams taking part in Formula E.
Each team will have two drivers
and each race will be held through the streets
of different cities around the world,
with London as the final race of the series.
Today, the mechanics have been working really hard
and that's because tomorrow is test day.
Now, just take a look at these cars.
Now, these bad boys can go from 0-62mph in just three seconds,
with a top speed of 140mph.
Now, it's not just batteries that these cars have all got in common,
because the very first year of the tournament is a one-make series,
meaning all the cars are identical,
so the drivers' skill and style will be vital in getting results.
Step up, British driver Sam Bird.
He's fast and totally up for electric racing.
-Sam, it's an absolute pleasure to meet you.
-Nice to meet you.
Can you show us a few bits on this car? I'm very excited to see it.
First, the steering wheel, which I'm going to take off.
-You can just take it out?
-Yeah, not like a road car.
THEY LAUGH So...
How cool is that?
So this is the front of the steering wheel.
We've got brake, paddle and motor.
Motor is for how much power
we're going to get from the battery at any given moment,
and then brake and paddle are to do with the regeneration of the battery.
So we can pull this in
and we effectively try and regain a little bit of battery life.
Formula E cars are very clever machines.
A pull on the paddle makes the motor a generator,
and energy from the moving wheels feeds back into the battery.
You can regen maybe a few percent.
And that matters?
That is enough to maybe get you round an extra lap.
In other categories of motorsport, they think about looking after tyres.
In this, we thinking about looking after battery life.
The amount of power that will be used through the battery
is the same amount you would get from using 10,000 of these AA batteries.
-This will last for 25 minutes, half an hour, roughly.
This thing is having to push something that is 900 kilos
forwards at 140mph.
We know how long it lasts, but how long would it take to charge?
-Around 90 minutes.
-About the same as a mobile phone?
So when you're charging it, presumably,
you carry on racing, so what do you race when this is charging?
We've got two cars per race, actually,
so I'm going to have to do a pit stop during the race,
which is where I've got a little challenge for you.
-OK. I'm up for this. Let's go.
'In motorsport, every second counts
'and the race can be won or lost in the pit lane.
'When Sam changes cars halfway through a race, he has to be quick.
'My challenge is to see if I can beat him.
'Sam's up first and he's off!
'Oh, my goodness, he's out of the car already and he's swapping cars,
'he's sat back down, his steering wheel's going straight back in.
'He's in! That was quick.
'I'm up for the challenge. Here I go. Hands up!'
'OK. I'm out of the car. Come on, Radzi!
'OK. A little bit slower than Sam. I've got back in!
'Buckle in, seat belt in, done!'
Sam, the results are in and I can tell you're looking nervous.
Very nervous indeed.
-So my time was 22.9 seconds.
-Yep. My time?
-There we go.
-Thank you very much.
That is why you're the pro.
'It's the final test day before the series begins.
'Let's see just what these electric cars can do.'
These guys are going so quickly.
'I'm not just here to watch them fly around the track,
'I've got the important job of holding out Sam's lap count.'
As the drivers test their cars,
they only get a certain amount of laps on the track.
So I've got to look out for my car, for Sam,
and let him know just how many laps he's got left.
That was Sam.
It is going to be absolutely unbelievable
to see the likes of Sam Bird and all these cars racing through
the city centres around the world.
And I for one am going to be plugged in.
I was meant to plug that in for Sam to charge the battery
so he could use the car!
It's only going to be 90 minutes. Is that all right?
Sam is an absolute legend
and I'm not going to get bored of hearing his car
sound phenomenal as it goes past. It goes...
Now, though, it is time to announce, in fact,
launch the start of our Blue Peter competition.
If you are fanatical about space or you just love getting creative,
this is simply unmissable.
Get ready for takeoff in...
five, four, three, two, one!
Next year, Tim Peake will become the first British ESA astronaut
to visit the International Space Station.
The European Space Agency is sending Tim to space
for six months on the Principia mission.
Now, we're going to give you a chance as part
of the competition to design one of the official logos for this mission.
Tim's going to be wearing his official mission patch
and it's up to you to design what it looks like.
-It's going to be amazing.
-It is so cool.
Now, every mission that involves human space flight has a patch.
Here you can see a few examples of designs
that have made their way into space
since the mission patch was first created over 40 years ago.
There are lots of different designs, different shapes and sizes,
lots of different colours.
And they all focus on different parts of the mission.
Don't forget, when you design this,
the winning design will go into space. That's how cool this is.
So if you'd like to get involved, here's how you can enter.
It really is easy.
All you need to do is send us your design with a short paragraph,
it doesn't need to be more than four lines,
telling us what inspired your design.
You can head to the Blue Peter website
and download the application form,
which looks a little bit like this.
It will print off two sides of A4,
one which clearly says where you need to put your details
and the other where you can draw your design.
If you can't download the form,
just use two pieces of A4 paper,
one that's got the design on it
and the other one has to have the explanation and also the details.
Now, to enter, you need to be aged 6-15
and you do need permission from your parent or guardian,
so make sure you and them head to the website bbc.co.uk/bluepeter
to get all of the terms and conditions you're going to need.
I love this bit. Watch this.
Your name must be on the entry,
you must also have your age and your date of birth. How cool is this?
Don't forget to put on your address, your phone number
and your parent's name.
And then you send it to:
The entries have to be here by Friday 26th September at 12 noon.
That's this year, 2014. Not a lot of time, so get in touch.
Your mission, as Barney says, there's not many rules,
so your mission patch can be any shape, size, colour you want,
but please don't include the Blue Peter logo, the name,
or any of our presenter names.
We want this to celebrate space and space exploration.
And if you're struggling for ideas, fear not.
A few weeks ago, I went to meet the man himself, to find out
-what he's expecting.
-Lindsey? Where's the roof?
Tim, it is an absolute pleasure. Thank you for coming on Blue Peter.
Thank you for having me on the show.
We're excited about this patch competition.
And we thought, to give our viewers a bit of inspiration,
we'd find out a little bit more about you and your mission.
The mission name is Principia. That was decided recently.
It's in honour of Sir Isaac Newton
and the works that he did on the laws of motion and gravity.
Our viewers are going to design the space patch that
-goes on your suit for the whole time.
-I'm really excited about this.
I'm looking forward to seeing what people come up with,
in terms of the design.
What kind of thing are you looking for in the design?
Is there anything you really don't want to see?
Whatever it is about space and space exploration
and human space flight that inspires you.
It could be looking forward to the future, where we're going,
the Moon and Mars and beyond, or to the past and what we've done.
Something fun and colourful and with a hint of Britishness.
Tim, you're going to space, you're achieving one of your life dreams.
After this, will it be a bit boring being back down on Earth?
I hope not. I hope the next step,
after I come back from space will be just as exciting...
How can you top space?
I think in terms of sharing the mission
and in terms of the future
because I'm going to the International Space Station,
but already, we are seriously looking at going to the Moon
and Mars and beyond.
There's lots of work that's going on about those projects.
I'm excited to come back
and then look at the next missions that are coming up.
I can't imagine you just relaxing at home with a cup of tea!
Not for a while.
When I go away, sometimes I try and bring a present back for my family.
What can you bring back from space? Any souvenirs up there?
That's a great question.
I think stories and memories, photographs, obviously.
I'll share it with friends and everybody as much as possible.
-Tim, thank you so much. It's been an absolute pleasure.
It's been great being on the show.
Great advice. And what a fantastic prize.
The winning design will actually get turned into Tim's personal
patch that he wears in space. So cool.
And the winner and all 30 runners-up are going to receive
one of these - it's the orange Blue Peter Competition Badge.
If you've missed any of the information that we've given
you today, fear not cos you can watch this programme all over again
on CBBC iPlayer, or for the terms and conditions
and application form, head to the website:
Good luck and get creative.
-You talk for ages!
It's true. But we can't wait to see your designs.
Now for something a bit different.
You're about to experience an acrobatic extravaganza.
Prepare to be amazed. Whatever your expectation level is,
just raise it X number of notches and welcome to Blue Peter, Circulus!
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE
# We don't need no thought control
# No dark sarcasm in the classroom
# Teacher, leave them kids alone
# Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone!
# All in all, it's just another brick in the wall
# We don't need no education
# We don't need no thought control
# No dark sarcasm in the classroom
# Teacher, leave those kids alone
# Hey! Teacher! Leave them kids alone! #
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE
# All in all, it's just another brick in the wall. #
Yes, guys. That was absolutely phenomenal.
How do you get to that level, Tom?
We've all been studying at the National Centre for Circus Arts,
which is a circus school in London.
But before that, we all came from a variety of backgrounds.
I was from the circus, Charlie was a dancer,
these guys are gymnasts, Morgan was a free-runner.
Yeah, just combined experience, I think.
I can't believe you went to a university for the circus.
I knew I went to the wrong place to study!
For those thinking, "I'd love to get involved in this,"
possibly what you do is kind of the safest.
How would you get started?
I started juggling balled up socks and fruit
and vegetables at home, just anything I could get my hands on.
And then just progress from there.
And then I moved on to different types of juggling.
Just safe household items, but please use soft things
so you don't get yourself hurt. We don't want you to get into trouble.
Michael, what you do with Alice is absolutely off the charts.
Alice does a handstand on one hand on your head. What is that like?
It just takes a lot of practice and dedication,
but it's quite scary sometimes.
Accidents do happen, but it just takes a lot of trust.
And a lot of hard work and dedication.
No accidents today. What's it like being on somebody's head like that?
It's good fun, but it's a lot of hard work.
-We trust each other, so, yeah, it's good.
-And it clearly works.
Now, I've seen this wheel and that's what you do, Charlie,
over there. I was just wondering if maybe I could have a go.
-I think we can sort something out.
-We can do better than that? Do you want me to have a go?
-That's more like it.
-All limbered up and ready.
-I'm sort of ready.
-If you lean back...
-Your hands a bit closer together.
-Close together, right.
This is really fast! Whoa! This is fast!
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE
Oh, my goodness! Oh! Something bad nearly happened then!
Oh, dear! Guys, one more time, please give it up for Circulus!
-Oh! They're fantastic!
-That was my favourite thing I've seen.
-Circulus are amazing!
Good job for not falling off.
And if you want to see more from Circulus, head to the website
cos they tell you how to do your very own juggling masterclass.
Let's take a look at how busy you've been over the summer holidays.
We've had a record number of post sent to us.
-Let's talk about what we've got here? Are you OK?
Yeah, don't try it at home, we should say that.
Wait till your mum goes out! No! No! I'm only kidding!
All right. Elliott sent this in.
This is the Commonwealth Games,
different sports that you can play in the Commonwealth Games.
Ellie's done some lovely little flip charts.
You've got diving and underneath it shows you what you've got to wear.
Your costume and your undies! They're all there for all the sports.
This one... Apparently, I say "I want one" a lot. Is that true?
-All the time.
-These are all the things that I want.
This is my grandma's moustache just here. I want all of those things.
-And Lindsey and Radzi as well.
-Aw! I look like a pineapple.
This is from Mia. She's from Glasgow, she's 11.
She's done Iggy, but she's drawn it but put on top of a photo,
so it looks like Iggy's just perching on the table. I love that.
Thank you very much. And this is from Evie. I can't find it.
-Which one are you looking at?
-Oh, it's this one.
It's the one with all the hoops.
It's from me going to Nanjing for the Youth Olympics.
I absolutely loved China. Thank you for those.
-Can we point this one out?
-It's from Lily, she's from Leicester
and it's made from gel pens.
Look at the detail she's done. Fantastic, Lily.
It's all been brilliant.
As well as being creative, you lot have also been very active.
Loads of you have been applying for the 2014 Sport Badge.
Here's a few of our favourites.
There are so many different sports here.
You've got chess, ice skating, football.
That looks like it could be scary.
Mountain biking, I wish I could do that.
A running team, more football, rock climbing,
that's a brilliant one, sailing... What's that? Tennis.
There's just loads of sports. Cricket, horse riding.
All these activities, getting your friends involved, martial arts,
to win their BP Sport Badge.
You get a badge if you introduce someone to your sport. Hockey.
Have to play that. Oh, and ballet!
Wish I could do ballet, but I'm rubbish.
-The whole point of this is to inspire people.
-It really is.
If you fancy getting your hands on a Sport Badge,
all you have to do is inspire your friends
and family to try a sport they've never done before.
And if you do, you could be a proud owner of my favourite badge,
the Sport Badge. There is still time to apply. Get applying, please!
Somebody who's definitely been inspiring everyone is
the youngest ever Commonwealth Games bronze medal winner, Erraid Davies.
She's taken time out to be here.
Let's get a round of applause for Erraid.
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE Erraid, welcome to the show. It's so good to see you.
Let's hold up the bronze medal. Let's see what we've got. A nice close-up.
This is what it's all about. What does it look like on the back?
-Is it just the same?
-It's very nice. Glasgow on the front.
How proud are you to have that in your hands?
-It's really good, just to have one. It's special.
-It is very special.
How did you first get into swimming?
I started when I was four cos my doctor told me it would
be good for my hips to strengthen up.
So now you have the best hips in all of showbusiness
and the Commonwealth Games.
If somebody's thinking,
"I'd like to be like Erraid when I'm older..."
-SHE COUGHS Would you like some water?
You spending your time in a pool and you need a drink on telly!
What would you say to somebody who needs a bit of help
and wants to be inspired by you?
Just determination, really, to get it done, want to do it.
-Is that what makes a good athlete?
-Just keep on going.
What I think is amazing about you is that you started at such
a young age, you were four,
and you've shown nothing but true grit and determination,
you've got into the pool and you've inspired
so many other people to take part, so here on Blue Peter,
we have our highest accolade, which is the Gold Blue Peter Badge.
I would like to award it to you
because we think that you are amazing, so it gives me
great pleasure to award you your very own Gold Blue Peter Badge.
A round of applause for Erraid.
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE
-Is that OK?
Now, we'd like a minute's speech, please.
-I'm only kidding! Well done.
CHEERS AND APPLAUSE
You can clap again if you want!
Erraid, you are absolutely amazing. Very well deserved.
Someone else who's doing very well is Iggy.
She is getting bigger and bigger and she's almost five months old now.
And she's getting better and better. Check this out.
One guide dog puppy, check. One Blue Peter presenter, check.
Iggy's favourite toy, check.
But today, it's going to get a little bit more serious.
We're at the Guide Dog Centre in Atherton
and Iggy's going to be wearing her puppy jacket for the first time
and taking part in an obedience class. You ready, Iggs? Come on!
Come on, let's go!
Don't let me down, OK? You can do it.
Iggy's not the only puppy here today.
There are lots of other dogs, too.
Here's Richard, the guide dog puppy trainer.
He'll be taking the class today, and it's time for lesson one,
As you can see, there's various different distractions laid out.
On the two cones on the far end, there are a couple of dog treats.
If your puppy's going to sniff them, use your toy or whatever you've got,
use your voice, lots of encouragement and just guide them away.
I'm actually a bit nervous, but so far so good.
Oh, that's not your toy, Iggy!
Apart from stealing other people's toys she's doing very well.
Give that back. Iggy, give it back.
'So the first exercise is to walk in and around lots of distractions.
'The classroom's full of pretend situations that a puppy might
'encounter in everyday life.'
Here you go, Iggs, come on.
'And the idea is not to get sidetracked.'
'These exercises help the puppies to develop the skills that they'll need
'when they become guide dogs.'
Come on, Iggy.
So that was Test One, walking round the obstacles,
and Iggy's actually done really well. I'm really proud of her.
Now what we're going to do, we're going to get them to sit,
and I just want you to walk a couple of paces away from them,
telling them to stay.
'Lesson Two is Sit and Stay.
'This is teaching Iggy to be still in one position.'
Good girl. Good girl, well done.
'Lesson Three is teaching Iggy to stay focused and to ignore
'the other puppies while walking around them on a lead.'
Good girl. Good girl.
Well done, Iggy. Iggy, puppy, let's go.
Good girl. Round here.
Sit. Sit. Sit.
Well done, good girl. Good job.
Lovely. Well, well done, everybody. Thanks very much indeed.
Do you know what, I think Iggy has done so well today.
I was a bit nervous at the start
but she has pulled through, she's been really focused.
I feel like a proud mum. Well done. Good work.
So, Richard, what's next for Iggy?
Next we're going to try her with a puppy jacket.
Erm, so, this is her puppy jacket that she's going to wear.
This is really for identification purposes, so when she goes
into shops people know that she's a guide dog puppy in training.
So is it a bit like when you're a young driver
and you get L plates on your car?
Is that what this jacket is for Iggy?
-Yeah, it certainly is.
-And how often will she wear it?
Well, we'll see how she accepts it.
If she's quite happy with it,
then any time she goes out working on the lead
then she can wear it.
So when it's play time, she can play.
-When it's work time, the jacket goes on.
-OK, shall we get your L plates on, Iggy? What do you think?
What we do is we do very short bursts,
so she has it on for a couple of minutes and then we take it off.
This is excellent, she's not worried about it at all...
She doesn't seem to notice that it's even on, does she?
No, no, it's fantastic.
'So that's Iggy's first day at school done,
'but there are plenty more lessons in store for her over the next months.'
Yay, we think Iggy is doing so well.
She a little guide dog puppy superstar,
so we thought we'd test some of her skills out in the studio today.
At this point, Iggy should be able to sit and lie down for a treat.
Are you ready to try it, Iggy? You ready?
OK, well, she's already sitting down so we'll get her up and about.
Go on, Iggy, go for a walk.
Or not. There we go. OK. Iggy, Iggy!
Good girl, like a pro.
Good girl, that's not bad, is it?
Shall we try and do a third test, Iggy?
We thought we would see if Iggy,
if she doesn't walk off, could whistle train.
This is a really important skill for a guide dog puppy to learn
because later, when Iggy's with her client,
when she's all grown up and she's a guide dog,
it means that she'll know exactly when it's time for dinner.
-Shall we try it, Iggy? Come on, then.
-Bring the food in?
-Barney, you've got the food.
-I was hiding it.
If we put it at the front here. Iggy...
Iggy, sit. Sit.
Iggy, sit. Stay.
SHE BLOWS WHISTLE Go on, then!
-Yay! Not bad!
-Yay, good girl!
-Good effort, Iggy. Well done.
That's such a great system.
-Can we train Radzi in the same way, do you think?
-I'll keep the whistle.
I won't listen to Lindsey either.
Earlier we asked you to get in touch
and tell us what your summer highlights were,
and we had these answers come in earlier in the day.
We're going to keep this conversation going online
later on, so you can head there after the show,
but don't go yet, let's read them out.
Emerald Bouncy Porpoise says,
-"I went to Wales and toasted marshmallows on a campfire."
"There was no running water
"so we had to collect it from the nearest freshwater spring,
"and I washed my hair in a nearby stream."
-That's like an advert on telly, that's amazing!
Amber Posh Condor said, "My summer highlight was Eid where
"I had lots of fun at the funfair and ate some yummy ice cream."
-Yummy. Fire Opal Trumpet Girl says,
"Going to Paris to watch the last stage of the Tour de France
"and going to places for free with my Blue Peter badge!"
-That's what it's all about.
-You know it.
Guys, we can't forget about one of our summer highlights,
which was when we found out that at Blackpool Zoo,
and I originally did a film called Indestructible Football,
there was a tiger that destroyed that ball.
That tiger was actually pregnant and has now since had
-two male tiger cubs.
-Oh, look at them, I want one!
You want one, well, actually, we've sort of got one
-because they've named them Radzi and Barney! Yes!
How amazing is that? They even cuddle like we do as well.
Oh, you weren't meant to tell them about that!
Enough of that for now. On next week's show,
loads for you to get your teeth into, like a tiger.
We are going to be joined by the cast of Our School.
They're going to be here in the studio having a chat.
And I go behind the scenes on a brand-new drama called Our Zoo.
It's amazing, make sure you watch it.
Tall Ships as well, but until then,
make sure you're joining us next week. It's been awesome.
See you then, say bye, Iggy! Bye!
-Aww, big kiss!
Big sloppy kiss!
The team launch a new competition to design a mission patch for British astronaut Tim Peake. The winning design will be featured on Tim's spacesuit as he becomes the first Briton to venture to the International Space Station! Meanwhile, Radzi gets to grips with racing superspeed Formula E cars and Iggy the puppy puts her training to the test.