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Nicole Sergeant, STEM co-ordinator at Ashington Learning Partnership.

Nicole Sergeant, STEM co-ordinator at Ashington Learning Partnership.

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Schoolchildren from across the north east will have their eyes on the skies when they learn about career opportunities in the space industry at a major event this month.

The Great North East Space and Engineering Expo, which will be held at The Discovery Museum, has been organised by Ashington Learning Partnership (ALP), the Northern hub for the National Space Academy.

Around 360 children from 16 schools across the region are expected to attend the event where they will participate in workshops and hear directly from industry experts and employers.

Nicole Sergeant is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) co-ordinator at ALP, said: “There is so much more to the space industry than just sending astronauts into orbit. It’s a rapidly-growing sector of Britain’s economy and presents fantastic opportunities in a wide range of jobs, especially for students with an interest in STEM subjects.

“The Great North East Space and Engineering Expo is an ideal showcase for the sector and for today’s students to learn more about potential career opportunities.”

ALP has purpose-built STEM facilities located in Ashington High School Sports College, Bothal Middle School and Central First School.

Organisations participating in the expo include Rolls Royce, AMEC, EDF Energy, NaREC, Quest UAV, The National Space Academy, Durham University, Northumbria University, Newcastle College and Northumberland College.

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