Over half term, our academic scholars and exhibitioners were set an extension project on the theme of 'the modern space race'. The group met to look at some of the history of space exploration, including President John F Kennedy's famous "we choose to go to the moon" speech, before looking at some of the innovations being made by companies such as SpaceX, Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin. Students then chose their own project titles to work on, producing work on a huge range of related topics including space suit design, the possibility of humans settling on Mars, or whether the money spent on these projects would be better spent tackling climate change.
Deputy Head Academic, Mr Balderson, said of the project;
“Academic extension projects of this sort are ideal for encouraging independent work, research skills and the freedom to investigate inspiring topics well beyond the scope of the curriculum. They form part of our programme for scholars but, crucially, are open to all pupils who want to challenge themselves academically.”