Space girls’ mission launched
The largest rocket ever launched in the UK is being displayed at an all girls’ school to inspire the next generation of female scientists.
Standing at 43ft high, the NOVA / Starchaser rocket reached outer space after being successfully launched from Morecambe Bay in 2001.
Now back down on earth, the Starchaser’s outreach team will be embarking on a mission to enthuse girls at St Julie’s Catholic High, Woolton as part of National Science Week.
Councillor Paul Clein, Liverpool’s executive member for children’s services, said: “Science education is important for pupils and for the future of our society. This visit by the Starchaser team demonstrates just how exciting science and technology can be.”
John Grace, head of science at St Julie’s, said: “Science is a declining subject in the UK so we want to use National Science Week to raise its profile with our pupils. With St Julie’s being an all girls’ school, we want to challenge the stereotype that science is a boy’s subject.
“We are also keen to develop links with other local schools, and are delighted that pupils from Saint Francis Xavier’s College will be participating in the day. Three local primary schools are also bringing pupils, which is a fantastic way to develop links between secondary and primary education and to get children interested in science from an early age.”
The Starchaser team will be giving pupils a number of presentations that link in with the science and technology curriculum.
Founder of Starchaser Industries Ltd Steven Bennett said: “Our aim is to open up the space tourism industry so that people will get the chance to fly in a rocket.”