Students return from space trip

The lucky students

The lucky students

Three sixth form pupils from Banbury Academy have returned from a successful space programme in the USA.

Matt Traynar, Oliver King and Scott Ward flew out on October 22 after being selected to represent Banbury Academy’s Space Studio, based at the school’s Ruskin Road site.

Last Wednesday, the students gave a public talk about their two-week trip.

Oliver, 17, said: “It was the most exciting trip of my life. It was so much more than a normal school trip and despite being exhausted on the flight back, we did so much stuff and I enjoyed every minute of it.”

The three were part of a group of 15 students from the UK who visited the Johnson Space Centre in Texas and the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. They worked in schools and had talks with space engineers working on different projects, as well as taking part in a range of interactive activities.

Scott, 17, said: “The talk went really well and we hope we can inspire more people to apply to do something like this. The trip has reinforced my love for science and this is something I definitely want to do.”

Mike Grocott, Space Studio prinicpal, said: “It was an excellent trip and the three showed their maturity and ability to engage with the younger students.”

A selection process to pick candidates for next year’s space trip will start in the next few weeks and businesses are being asked to consider sponsoring a student.

The unique Space Studio facility will be launched in September 2014 and an open evening is being held on January 13 at 6.30pm.

For information call Mr Grocott on 01295 225201 or visit www.spacestudiobanbury.org




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