A Leicester student who is to represent Britain in the 2001 International Space Olympiad in Russia later this year is to be the lucky recipient of a free place in the sought-after Space School UK during the summer.
Sam McGauley, a student at Gateway Sixth Form College, Leicester, will be able to brush up his skills at Space School UK at the University of Leicester, in July, before competing in the British team in the Space Olympiad in Korolev, Russia in October.
During the residential five-day course, students at Space School UK will meet space scientists and employers, as well as explore the realities of such topics as human space flight, Mars, rockets, satellites, the Solar System, stars and supernovae, extra-terrestrial life, remote sensing and the environment. Academic disciplines involved range from physics and astronomy to engineering and astronautics, geology, the environment and humanities.
The five days are demanding and intensive, but will also include visits to Astrium UK to see satellites under construction and the newly opened National Space Centre at Leicester.
A delighted Sam McGauley said: “It is a great opportunity that has been offered to me. The preparation for the Space Olympiad seems to be going well and this will help to give me a better insight into what will be happening in the Olympiad.”
Professor Martin Ward, Director of Space School UK, added: “The University of Leicester and the British Space Olympiad Committee are delighted to offer their first sponsored place to a local student. Following the International Physics Olympiad event held here in 2000, the British Space Olympiad Committee has decided to support Space School UK by awarding sponsorships on a regular basis to students following a possible career in the space industry.
“Samuel McGauley and the rest of the team from Leicester will be competing in a very tough international competition and we shall do as much as we can at Space School to make sure that he is supplied with all the information the team might need to do their presentation in October this year.”
Space School UK runs from Sunday 29 July to Thursday 2 August 2001. It is sponsored by University of Leicester, Astrium UK, DERA, Thanes Technology, the British Association, BNSC, British Physics Olympiad, Kingston University and the SEC.
Further details are available from Mrs Jean Collins, National Space Centre, Exploration Drive, Leicester, LE4 5NS, Tel +44 (0)116 258 2136, fax +44 (0)116 299 6427, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note to Editors: For more information and to arrange picture and interview opportunities, please contact Mrs Jean Collins, details as above.
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