09 Nov Year 12 students explore career opportunities at the National Space Centre
Written by Divya, Year 12 student.
Recently, Year 12 science students visited the National Space Centre in Leicester. It was a fantastic day that showed the diversity of careers available in the scientific field as well as within the space sector. They had the opportunity to meet people such as Dr Anna Horleston, who discussed the NASA InSight Mission to Mars where a geophysical lander is scheduled to land on Mars on the 26th of November this year. This would be the first time this has ever been done. She gave the students an insight about her work, her life, her academics and how she she got to the position she is now.
Throughout the day there were sessions where students got the chance to meet other scientists, astronomers and engineers, enabling them to see what they do in their respective fields and allowing the students to know what life would be like in those fields. It was a very eye-opening day for the students as they also got to ask any questions they had to the scientists themselves, giving a raw insight about what it is they do and how they do it.
As well as this they had some time to look around the space centre and really get to explore what it is like to be working in the space sector.
At the end of the event, there was also an amazing planetarium show that delved into the beginning of space and time and truly capturing the wonders of science and space. It was a great day filled with a great opportunity, that showed the post-16 students the diversity of careers available for them after education and apprenticeships.