Lift Off! National Space Academy Partnership Launched At Eccles Sixth Form Centre

29th April 2015

Last Wednesday evening Salford City College held a special launch event its Eccles Sixth Form Centre to celebrate its new partnership with the National Space Academy. The partnership will help in the delivery of the College’s new Space Engineering programme, which brings together the unique combination of A-Levels Maths and Physics alongside a BTEC in Engineering.

At the launch event, Head of Department David Petticrew announced that Salford City College is now officially partnered with the National Space Academy, which is based at the National Space Centre, to deliver the Space Engineering programme. The partnership will bring exciting opportunities in terms of visits to some of the top satellite and space companies in the world, and talks from some leading global figures from the space science and engineering industry.

The launch event was attended by applicants to the Space Engineering course, as well as current Space Academy students and a group of ten pupils from Sharples School in Bolton. There were even two junior school pupils present, who were already thinking about their future careers in the space industry, and wanted to find out more about the course at Eccles.

Flame ExperimentThe special guest speaker at the event was Anu Ojha OBE, who is the Director of Education and Space Communications at the National Space Centre and Director of the National Space Academy. Anu gave a series of exciting demonstrations, including one which showed the strength of rocket fuel by setting a tiny amount of it alight within a large container (pictured left). He also created a mini comet using some surprising household products, such as red wine and Worcester sauce, as well as some more technical ingredients such as dry ice (see main photo).

Eccles Sixth Form Centre is the only college in the North West to offer the Space Engineering programme, in which students learn the basics of robotics, computer programming, electronics and 3D design. The course gives its students both the strong academic background required by the top universities, along with the practical problem solving skills that universities and employers are looking for.

DSC_1044Photo: (left to right) Daniel Wignall, Ciaren Saunders, Curriculum Leader David Petticrew, Anu Ojha OBE, Michael Hooper, Jonathan Cann

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