Science and technology play a large part in all our lives and in the economy of Scotland, and the Space School seeks to inspire the next generation to pursue science related courses of study, and consider careers in science and technology.
- Provide inspiration, increase motivation and raise aspirations of young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)
- Encourage more students to study STEM subjects at Standard Grade, Higher Grade and University
- Promote the wide range of career opportunities in science and technology
- Increase self-confidence through the development of high quality communication, team-building and problem solving skills
Since its inception in 2002 1500 pupils from high schools across Scotland have taken part in the Scottish Space School, with c 700 now employed in well paid jobs with prospects in science and technology.
The current programme comprises a week long residential summer school with an eclectic mix of lectures, labs and workshops all on a space theme, delivered by leading academics and researchers, and supported by NASA astronauts and engineers.
The top 10 students will be selected for a 7-day Learning Journey to Johnson Space Center in Houston in October.
The Scottish Space School at Strathclyde is open to S 5 pupils in all Scottish schools, and in 2013 the 1000th student attended the programme at the university.