Space School pupils head for Houston

Issued by University of Strathcylde

Ten talented school pupils are embarking on a trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas with the University of Strathclyde Faculty of Engineering’s Scottish Space School.

The pupils, from schools around Scotland, earned their places on the trip after attending the Space School, a week-long residential event at the University of Strathclyde aimed at inspiring young people to consider careers in engineering.

They will have a rare opportunity to meet astronauts, engineers and scientists working on the space programme.

Gordon McVie, Outreach Coordinator with Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering, said: “The Scottish Space School has been attended by many young people who have since progressed to successful careers with links to their experiences with us.

“The trip to Houston is a fantastic opportunity for this year’s pupils to see for themselves some of the world’s leading professionals in science and engineering. They showed great promise at the Space School and will be shown the vast range of possible careers open to them.”    

The visit to Houston will take place from 14-22 October. The participating pupils are:

  • Lisa Burns – St Ambrose High School, Coatbridge
  • Lana Duncan – Stonelaw High School, Rutherglen
  • Connie Edgar – St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock
  • Elizabeth Gordon – Nairn Academy
  • Sophie Gribben – Ardrossan Academy
  • Wiktor Jurek – Wallace High School, Stirling
  • Kirsty Mitchell – Larbert High School
  • Alex Paterson – Calderside Academy, Blantyre
  • Aidan Telfer – Kilwinning Academy
  • James Walton – Millburn Academy, Inverness.

First held in 2004, the Scottish Space School @ Strathclyde has been attended by more than 1300 secondary pupils, more than half of whom have gone on to work in engineering, science and technology.

The University of Strathclyde’s Faculty of Engineering is home to the Strathclyde Space Institute, one of Europe’s  largest Space Engineering groups, which addresses key challenges in space systems engineering, satellite applications and access to space. Research centres within the Institute include the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory, the Centre for Future Air-Space Transportation Technology, the Space Mechatronics Systems Technology Laboratory, the Centre for Space Science and Applications and the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications. Further information can be seen at

14 Oct 2016
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