Budding space engineers from across the region have been given a taste of a hi-tech science and engineering curriculum that will be on offer at Banbury Space Studio.
The centre is due to open in September next year but potential students from as far afield as Rugby and Leamington got to test out telescopes and rocket technology in two special open days held last Tuesday and Wednesday.
Space Studio principal Mike Grocott – formely director of Callington Space Centre at Callington Technical College and an ambassador and educator for the European Space Agency and the National Space Academy – said: “The students were expected to work together as a team on different aspects such as rocket building, where they had to design and build a rocket and use mathematics to work out how far it would go.
“They also got the chance to use some of the equipment here that schools don’t normally have such as a hydrogen Alpha Telescope, which you can use to look directly at the sun, and one day was spent doing robotics.”
The studio will take 300 students aged 14-18 and will offer a science, maths and engineering curriculum of GCSEs and A-levels.