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In Conversation with an Astronaut...
9th March 2023
Budding engineers at HSD have enjoyed a timely, out of this world experience!
On International Women’s Day, pupils from F1 to F6 who are taking part in the ‘If you were an Engineer, what would you do?’ competition, had the chance to join a Zoom call with NASA astronaut Nicole Stott.
Nicole – the tenth woman ever to perform a spacewalk – answered all manner of space-related questions from fascinated youngsters from a number of schools and spoke to them about her time on the International Space Station.
She also shared some watercolour paintings that she had done whilst in a microgravity environment. Water behaves very differently on the ISS!
Nicola Kiernan, HSD Head of Chemistry and STEM Co-ordinator, said, “Nicole is not just a NASA astronaut but also an aerospace engineer, aquanaut, artist, Mum and author. She creatively combines the awe and wonder of her spaceflight experience with her artwork creations – a truly inspiring role model for our pupils!”
The ‘If you were an Engineer, what would you do’ contest is a national one in which school pupils are asked to design a novel solution to an identified human problem, exercise their scientific literacy by articulating their ideas via a letter of purpose, with the winning entry going on to be made into a physical prototype by a university engineering group.