Edinburgh Pupil lifts off

An Edinburgh student earns dream trip to train with NASA astronauts and scientists.space-shuttle

Leyla Manshouri, who attends Edinburgh’s biggest School, Portobello High, won the coveted prize. The bright young student succeeded in a rigorous programme of activities as part of the Scottish Space School this summer. Pupils undertook a number of projects such as designing rockets, simulating moon landings and building heart rate monitors. Leyla was just one of 10 students selected from 300 hopefuls around Scotland to take part in the 10-day study trip.

Speaking about her trip, Leyla said: “I am very much looking forward to this visit and the fantastic opportunities it will offer.”

Peigi Macarthur, Headteacher, Portobello High School, said: “We are delighted that Leyla has been chosen to take part in this exciting project as she is both hard-working and very able. This is an excellent opportunity for her to experience the application of science and engineering in an intriguing environment.

The summer schools are funded and managed by Skill Development Scotland with support from the international space community and partner organizations in Scotland, most importantly University of Strathclyde. The Schools are designed to highlight and promote education and careers in Science, Engineering and Technology. An area Scotland has always had a talent in.

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “The Space School gives these talented students a fantastic opportunity to see how science and engineering can be applied to real life challenges, from tackling climate change to space travel. The career opportunities for scientists and engineers are incredibly diverse, and, as an engineer myself, it’s great to see how enthusiastic these young people are about making a difference to the world around them.”

Helen McNamara, National Project Manager for Skills Development Scotland, who runs and organises the trip, said ‘We were delighted with the progress made by the students attending the summer Schools and with the close relationship developed between themself and NASA. Helping Scottish students now and in the future.’

Bob Cenker, NASA astronaut stated ‘I’m really excited to be able to share my experiences with the young people of Scotland and hopefully provide them with the same enthusiasm and motivation that I have about science and technology.

These Scottish students will have the chance to work and learn from some of the best scientist in the business, keeping Scottish student at the forefront of science and technology.

By Steve Gold