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Discovery Park links up with Wellesley School for Tim Peake space call

Posted on 25/04/16

Children from across Kent descended on Wellesley School in Broadstairs at the weekend to find out why science is so stellar – from our man in space, UK astronaut Tim Peake.

The school won the chance to host a live chat with Tim, from his current residence aboard the International Space Station. The 15 minute call took place shortly after 1pm on Saturday (23 April).

It was the highlight of a day of science attended by more than 23 schools from across East Kent – and Discovery Park was, of course, there to answer questions from those inspired to follow in Tim’s footsteps.

Simon O’Malley, Headmaster at Wellesley House School, said:

“We are all so inspired by the possibility of speaking with Tim Peake and we are fully committed to preparing our pupils for the possibilities of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and especially space, that lie ahead of us.”

Kimberley Anderson, Corporate Relations Manager, Discovery Park, said:

“When it comes to science there is nothing that inspires young people more than outer space, with the chance to speak and ask questions of Tim Peake providing an amazing opportunity to light a spark that will last a lifetime.

“We were there to share with the next generation of scientists the opportunities that a career in science can bring, whether that’s here at Discovery Park or orbiting Planet Earth.”

Pfizer, which remains a key tenant at Discovery Park sponsored the event, providing children with space themed experiments and workshops to enjoy, including a link up with the Funcube satellite

The thermal cameras and FunCube communication equipment have been made available to local schools through the Pfizer educational ‘Lab in a Box’ project, which aims to bring modern scientific instruments into the classroom to support the national science curricula.

Don Clark, Senior Principal Scientist, Pfizer, said:

“Pfizer was proud to provide sponsorship to this unique event. Our goal is to excite local students about the career opportunities available through the study of STEM subjects, and may be they will join our quest to produce innovative medicines and vaccines that improve, transform or even save people’s lives.”

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