An amazing awards ceremony was held at University College London on 31/03/2017. This was an exciting evening, not only for the students but for all those present, as the Awards were presented by Spacelink’s Patron Dr Helen Sharman OBE.
Anita Heward – Trustee, Robert Coombes Operation Director and William Dunn – Education Ourtreach represented Spacelink. Prof. Jonathon Tennison FRS – Head of Physics & Astronomy, Prof Giovanna Tinetti, Dr Marcell Tessenyi represented UCL and the Twinkle project. Dr Laura Mckemmish Leader of the ORBYTES project (Edu-twinkle) skyped in from Australia. Also present was her team of PhD student mentors: Katy Chubb, Tom Rivilin and Jack Baker. These student mentors were responsible for leading and supporting the students teams in schools.
Plus of course the all-important students from: Highams Park School, Westminster City Schools and another ORBYTES project school Highgate School.
The event was given a lively start, with a live Skype introduction, from Australia, about the Twinkle project and ORBYTES given by Laura Mckemmish. This was followed by some awesome presentations from the students on their areas of research. The knowledge and technical expertise shown by them was unbelievable.
An inspiring talk was then given by Helen Sharman about living in space. Her talk was animated, very engaging and really exciting. An important theme that came through the talk, and from answers to questions afterwards, was the importance of the sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics and indeed all STEM subjects. Robert Coombes then gave a brief outline about Spacelink and the Norman White Award and told the students how incredible they were.
Helen presented the Norman White Award Certificates to the winning schools and ORBYTES certificates to the other students attending.