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Astronaut inspires new generation of young scientists

Published: Wednesday, 09 November 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Famous astronaut Major Tim Peake has helped inspire a new generation of scientists during an event at the University of York.

More than 400 children from 80 schools across the North of England, London and as far as Scotland, have been given a 40-minute insight into life in Space by Major Peake.

The astronaut, who is the first British male to experience space, spoke of life aboard the International Space Station and of the moment a Russian Soyuz rocket lifted off to make the historic flight on 15 December last year.

Major Peake was the special guest at the UK Space Agency’s Schools Conference and was later announced as the UK’s first honorary STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) ambassador.

Encouraging young people

The National STEM Learning Centre is located at the university and has a commitment to encouraging young people into pursuing STEM subjects and careers.

After the talk, children presented their work to Major Peake through exhibitions and discussions, as well as to other experts from the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency (ESA) and partner organisations.

The UK Space Agency has invested around £3 million to improve education and inspire the next generation.

As a result of the investment, young people have been able to take part in a range of curriculum-linked projects, including family shows at local science centres, coding challenges, creative writing and scientific experiments.

Schools taking part in the events suggest that meeting Major Peake is inspirational for the children and shows them that anything is possible if you work hard.

Presenting their findings

Amongst the number of schools and groups that attended was South Bank Space Club, who are all pupils from Knavesmire Primary School in York.

The students had the opportunity to present their findings from the experiments that they had done, which included launching rockets and creating a solar system using fruit.

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