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60 pupils will graduate from ‘Space School’ at the University of St Andrews this week (Wednesday 24th) after their final activities.

The ceremony is the culmination of the University’s five month project which has involved pupils from nearly 50 primary schools across Fife.

Pupils have been spending their Saturdays learning about astronomy, asteroids, robotics and rockets and taking part in space-based activities.

This week they have been working with NASA astronauts and scientists and will graduate from the project on Wednesday.

Ken Greer, the Executive Director for Education at Fife Council, will be handing out the awards with Director of Admissions at the University, Andrew Disbury.

There will also be a public lecture with the astronauts on Wednesday evening in School 3, St Salvator’s Quadrangle, North Street at 7.00pm.

Organisers said, “Space School at St Andrews is giving pupils in Fife the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most inspirational figures – astronauts. These role models are enthusing future engineers, chemists, physicists and geoscientists about the importance of science and the value of education. In a country renowned for the quality of our scientific innovation and discovery, staff and students at St Andrews are helping to shape the next generation of explorers and scientists.”

The project has been so popular that another 40 pupils will arrive at the University on Thursday to take part in another two day ‘Space Camp’ project.

ENDS

NOTE TO PICTURE EDITORS:

You are invited to attend a photo call for the Space School Graduation:
Wednesday 24th June, 2.30pm.
Buchanan Lecture Theatre, Union Street, St Andrews

Issued by the Press Office, University of St Andrews
Contact Philippa Dunn, Assistant Press Officer on 01334 462530 / 462529, Mobile: 07828 066734 or Email: pmd8@st-andrews.ac.uk
Ref: Space School 230609
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