18 Jun National Space Centre inspires Year 10 pupils
Written by Daizy, Year 10 student reporter
On Monday 17th June, Year 10 pupils visited the National Space Centre in Leicester to learn more about scientists, including how some were battling against climate change, developing cutting edge transport, and fighting against deadly diseases. Many of us were excited to see the career paths relating to space, and we soon began to realise that a career in science is a great way to challenge yourself.
What did I want to discover myself? I hear you say. I really like the idea of doing extensive research into what makes the world and other plants in our solar system unique.
There were many guest speakers we stopped to listen to, one of which was working for ITP (aero engines and turbine manufacturer), creating projects around aerodynamics. He explained to us how scientists have been able to create smaller, better engines through 3D printing and graphical tablets. Project management times have been shortened by weeks, because of engineers and technicians making technological advancements. These compact engines then go into rockets and aeroplanes, where they prevent birds causing extreme damage to jet engines. Fascinating! Maybe I should consider a career in aircraft design!
Another speaker was from the RAF. He told us about how GPS (Global Positioning Systems) from satellites can guide missiles to destroy targets without damaging the nearby area. Without data provided by science, this wouldn’t be possible. He also described the bizarre weather that happens in space, more specifically, about how the sun releases outbursts of gas and radiation that can hit the earth. The RAF recruits special scientists to battle against the extreme interference that this can cause to satellites and aeroplane systems.
After I had listened to all of the guest speakers, I am even more convinced that a career in science is for me!