Three sixth form pupils at Banbury Academy will join a group of only 15 in the country selected for a unique space programme in the USA.
Matt Traynar, Oliver King and Scott Ward, who were picked from about 30 other candidates at the Ruskin Road Academy, will fly out on October 22 for two weeks. They will visit both the Johnson Space Centre in Texas and the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.
Matt, who is 17 and studies maths, further maths and physics, said: “It still hasn’t sunk in really and to say I’m going to NASA is really cool. When I was younger my parents were always encouraging me to look at the stars and space so I’m really looking forward to it.”
The selection process started in February/March and each student had to give a presentation saying why they wanted to go on the trip. They were also given a series of IQ questions, did a running test and gave a 15-minute lesson to Year Seven pupils about a space topic of their choice.
Scott, 17, who also studies maths, further maths and physics, said: “I’m really looking forward to meeting all the different people there. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’ve been interested in space for a long time.”
The three will also spend time working in schools as part of the programme and an online blog will update their progress to friends and family back home. They will then give a public talk about their adventure on Wednesday, November 20 at 6.30pm.
Banbury Academy will launch a unique Space Studio facility in September 2014.
The new facility will cater for 14-18 year-olds with an active interest in science, maths, technology and space.
An open evening to promote the Space Studio has been scheduled for September 25 at 6.30pm. To view pictures and information from their trip in the USA, visit seatrip2013.co.uk/home