Pupils can go global with Mission Discovery

Businesses are being called upon to give Northumberland’s children and young people the chance to be part of something extraordinary this autumn.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 7:00 am
Businesses are being invited to support children in Starlight Education’s Mission Discovery.

Starlight Education’s Mission Discovery is a five-day NASA Astronaut led STEM course for Northumberland’s children and young people to meet and work with real astronauts and create an experiment that will be launched into space.

There are 500 places available for children and young people in the region for the event in Newcastle in October, 300 of which have so far been sponsored by local businesses securing places for pupils in the county, but further sponsorship is needed to create more opportunities.

Cath McEvoy-Carr, executive director for adult and children’s services, said: “Opportunities like this don’t come around often, and to have it right on our doorstep is amazing.

"We want to try and secure as many places as we possibly can for our children and young people, and for that we need the support of Northumberland’s businesses.

“If you own a business in, or outside the county you can get involved by sponsoring a place for a child.

"Sponsorship means that any child who shows interest will have the chance to attend Mission Discovery.

“You could make a real difference to their lives, giving them the chance to be inspired and shine!”

Under the guidance of NASA astronauts Barbara Morgan and ISS Commander Dr Mike Foale, NASA personnel, rocket scientists and world-renowned professors students will work towards designing an experiment, which could benefit the human race, whether it is on Earth, the Space Station, the Moon, Mars or beyond.

The week will also give the students the chance to find out how space exploration benefits life on earth, experience the environment of space and look at different kinds of experiments and what makes them great.

Those who take part will finish the week by presenting their idea to the Mission Discovery judges.

The best experiment will be selected, built at Kings College, Oxford University and NASA and launched to the International Space Station (ISS) to be conducted by the astronauts on board, and the experiment live-streamed for the students back on Earth.

Any businesses that want to get involved should email [email protected] or call 020 7097 1765.