More than 2,000 school children across Scotland will have the chance to hear from British astronaut Tim Peake thanks to The Data Lab.
The former International Space Station (ISS) crew member is set to host an exclusive live webinar for children from 19 Scottish schools on Thursday 7th May 2020.
Sharing his story of space exploration, including his research into new technologies and experiments in space, Peake will also place a focus on the importance of STEM-related (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects.
The live webinar will replace two STEM events featuring Peake that were scheduled to take place in Aberdeen and Edinburgh in March. Both events were cancelled due to Covid-19, however.
Hundreds of school children across the country had entered a competition earlier in the year to win the chance to participate in a live Q&A session with the astronaut.
The competition involved students working in a team to ‘invent’ a potential solution to an environmental issue currently facing the world and submitting a video entry which outlined their invention.
The winning school teams will now have the chance to ask Peake a number of questions during the live webinar, covering a range of topics such as how to become an astronaut, what it’s like to live and work in space and what STEM subjects would help with pursuing a career in space.
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Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive of The Data Lab, said: “When children today select STEM-related subjects they are preparing themselves to work in some of the most valuable jobs around, and this is certainly true as we look to the future.
“The world we live in today will have dramatically changed by the time these children reach adulthood, from the way they communicate and commute, to the way they are treated medically and the varying careers that will be available to them.
“Having undertaken a career which the vast majority of us could only dream of, Tim Peake has a very inspirational story to share and we are much very looking forward to welcoming him to deliver this exclusive webinar to schoolchildren across Scotland, encouraging them to think about a future which embraces STEM and the endless, exciting career opportunities that a life involving science, technology, engineering and mathematics could lend itself too.”
Space has always been at the forefront of technology and engineering, and this is never more relevant than today.
Through his work with the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), the British astronaut has been helping to attract more young people into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the space industry.