Spaceman Helps Pupils Aim High

Bishop Hedley pupils and staff welcomed NASA astronaut Steve Swanson and a team of prize-winning scientists, engineers and aerospace experts from universities across the world in running a summer school in July. Pupils were given the chance to have their ideas for a space experiment launched to the International Space Station.

400 budding scientists from schools across South Wales spent the week at Bishop Hedley High School and worked in teams to design a scientific experiment, with the winning team’s design being built and launched to the International Space Station by astronauts.

Bishop Hedley High School Headteacher, Mrs Harris, said: “The programme provided students from across the region with a unique opportunity to engage in real-life research and gain extensive skills that they can take with them through their chosen career.”

Former NASA Kennedy Space Centre director Jay Honeycutt, who contributed to the programme, said “It is groundbreaking for young people to work with astronauts and leaders from the human space programme whilst they devise ideas that could be flown on the International Space Station. This innovative programme will help develop the “you can do it” spirit that is so much a part of NASA and human exploration of space.”

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