Lana’s out of this world ex­pe­ri­ence

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

A Stonelaw High School pupil is meet­ing with as­tro­nauts and sci­en­tists on a space pro­gramme after em­bark­ing on the jour­ney of a life­time.

Lana Dun­can is among 10 tal­ented school stu­dents who trav­elled to NASA’s John­son Space Cen­tre in Hous­ton, Texas, on Oc­to­ber 14.

The pupils, from schools around Scot­land, earned their places on the trip after at­tend­ing the Space School, a week- long res­i­den­tial event at the Univer­sity of Strath­clyde aimed at in­spir­ing young peo­ple to con­sider ca­reers in en­gi­neer­ing.

Lana, who has a pas­sion for maths and science sub­jects, has a rare op­por­tu­nity to meet as­tro­nauts, en­gi­neers and sci­en­tists work­ing on the space pro­gramme.

She said: “The Space School mo­ti­vated me to se­ri­ously con­sider the pos­si­bil­ity of study­ing en­gi­neer­ing and the wide va­ri­ety of op­tions that this would open up to me.

“Hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to travel to Hous­ton and meet in­spi­ra­tional peo­ple who are from the same field of work that I hope to be in one day is in­cred­i­ble and will aid me in mak­ing my ca­reer choice.“

First held in 2004, the Scot­tish Space School at Strath­clyde has been at­tended by more than 1300 sec­ondary pupils, more than half of whom have gone on to work in en­gi­neer­ing, science and tech­nol­ogy.

Gordon McVie, outreach co­or­di­na­tor with Strath­clyde’s fac­ulty of en­gi­neer­ing, said: “The Scot­tish Space School has been at­tended by many young peo­ple who have since pro­gressed to suc­cess­ful ca­reers with links to their ex­pe­ri­ences with us.

“The trip to Hous­ton is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for this year’s pupils to see for them­selves some of the world’s lead­ing pro­fes­sion­als in science and en­gi­neer­ing. They showed great prom­ise at the Space School and will be shown the vast range of pos­si­ble ca­reers open to them.”

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the space pro­gramme, please visit: http://www. strath.ac.uk/space/

Space school Stonelaw High’s Lana Dun­can

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