Bydales school blasts off on learning journey

Published: 9th Jul 2012

Please note this is an archived Press Release

PUPILS at Bydales School in Marske will be exploring the science of space travel this week when the Nova 2 rocket touches down at the school as part of the Starchaser Space4schools programme.

Starchaser works in partnership with the University of Salford taking space equipment to schools as part of a national initiative designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM subjects).

Over the years Starchaser's Space4schools has grown into a hugely successful programme that delivers a suite of stimulating, curriculum linked educational packages to primary and secondary school pupils.

Assistant Headteacher at Bydales School, Stuart McGhee said:

"This is the latest in a number of activities from Bydales School who aim to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through their technology specialism. There is a demand for pupils leaving school that possess skills in this area and Bydales is keen that its pupils are best positioned to embrace these opportunities.

Cabinet Member for Childrens Services and Education, Cllr Joan Guy said:

"This event will help to ignite curiosity and creativity in our students by bringing to life the science behind space travel.

The students will have the chance to see the rocket close up and explore what it would be like to live in space as well as find out about the design and development of rocket engines."

In addition all pupils will be involved in practical activities and challenged to build and fly their own solid fuel powered rocket capable of travelling up to a height of 300 meters.

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