Space age science funding!

Pupils and staff at Robert Smyth Academy are celebrating after the school was granted additional funding for science teaching
Pupils and staff at Robert Smyth Academy are celebrating after the school was granted additional funding for science teaching

Science faculty staff at Robert Smyth Academy are celebrating after they were awarded £4,000 for the teaching of science at the academy and primary schools in the area.

Already recognised as a national leader for using space to generate enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and maths, the school has now been given a grant from the UK Space Agency to develop lessons and educational resources around Tim Peak’s Principia Mission.

Judith Green, a lead teacher at the academy, said: “I think it’s a case of success breeds success.

“Once you’ve established a reputation for excellence, it gives you the confidence to apply for more projects.

“I’m hopeful that Tim Peak’s mission will inspire a whole new generation of scientists, as the Apollo missions did in the 1960s.

“Science is already a very successful subject at Robert Smyth, this money will enable us to provide some outstanding resources for key stage 2 and 3 students.”

One of the projects on which the money will be spent is Space Camp, camping out for the night at school to observe the night sky, launch rockets and carry out space experiments.

Mrs Green added: “I think this will be an exciting experience for Robert Smyth’s new year 7 students and for younger students in primary schools too.

“I think all the students will get a lot out of the venture.

“However, we may prefer to camp in school hall rather than on the school field if it’s cold!”