A group of Woodham Academy students recently met the first British astronaut to have walked in space.
Dr Michael Foale delivered a presentation to the year 10 students showcasing the possible STEM career opportunities in the North-East.
The scientist spoke of the determination needed to follow your dreams, even if you don’t succeed at first, and to pursue your passion.
The visit is part of Woodham Academy’s extensive extra-curricular science programme which includes Woodham Sparkies for primary aged children, the Key Stage 3 Science Club and an extension lecture programme in conjunction with The Institute of Physics.
All students at Woodham Academy study for either a dual science GCSE or take GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
Head teacher Christine Forsyth said: “Success in the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) enhances the employment prospects of our students, who are aware of the opportunities locally through our Apprenticeship Awareness Programme.”