Rocket scientist flies in to meet students

Teresa Kinney met students from the Space Studio in Banbury. NNL-151105-130314001
Teresa Kinney met students from the Space Studio in Banbury. NNL-151105-130314001

A leading NASA scientist visited Banbury last week to talk to students at the town’s Space Studio.

Teresa Kinney is responsible for the launching of three main commercial rockets that take supplies to the International Space Station.

Ms Kinney was able to mix with the students at the unit, located at Banbury Academy, and offer them inspiration in their research and learning about space technologies.

“What a fantastic and inspirational school for the students. Even if space isn’t their future, the quality of learning here will really give them opportunities in the future,” she said.

Ms Kinney has worked with Space Studio principal Mike Grocott over many years and supports the students who visit America each year.

She spoke with the students about how important science, technology and maths are for future careers.

Before leaving, Ms Kinney presented the school with a wealth of resources from the United Launch Alliance and NASA to support the teaching facilities and materials libraries at the Space School.

Mr Grocott thanked Ms Kinney for interrupting her conference visit to Europe to come to Banbury.

“Teresa is just one of the many aspirational engineers who believe passionately in the importance of this school.We hope that she and other colleagues will visit us in the future.”

The Space Studio caters for 14 to 18-year-olds with an active interest in science, maths, technology and space.

The unit has a real focus on space-related technologies. The aim is to develop high quality science and maths education to prepare students exceptionally well for careers in space related industries through an innovative curriculum, combined with exposure to positive role models within the industries.

The 300 students work a 8.30am-5pm day, 43 weeks a year. The studio has close links with the UK and European space agencies and the National Space Academy.