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Ready, teddy ..... we have lift off!

Ready Teddy

Pupils at a school in York are attempting to send a teddy bear into space - using the same computer hardware that astronaut Tim Peake is using for some of his experiments on the International Space Station.

The bear has been placed in a payload attached to a high altitude balloon by students at the Queen Margaret School in York. The project is to coincide with International Women's Day.

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Preparing for lift-off

School closures due to snow

Crossley Heath School in Halifax: one of many closed today

The following schools have so far announced they will close today due to the snow. The Bradford council website is down so we are unable to update Bradford Schools at the moment.

BRADFORD BBG Academy 1 in Birkenshaw later opening at 9:30 Beckfoot School Beckfoot Upper Heaton Bradford District PRU Bradford Girls' Grammar School Braken Hill Primary Carlton Bolling College Hazelbeck Special School Hollingwood Primary School Ilkley Grammar School Stanbury Village School Thornbury Primary School Thornton Grammar School

CALDERDALE Burnley Road Academy Calder High School, A Specialist Technology College Castlefields Infant School Central Street Infant and Nursery The Crossley Heath School Elland CE (VA) J, I & N School Heptonstall J, I & N School Lightcliffe Academy Midgley School The North Halifax Grammar School Old Town Primary School Park Lane Learning Trust Rastrick High School Ravenscliffe High School and Sports College Riverside Junior School Ryburn Valley High School Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School (Sowerby Bridge) Sowerby Bridge High School Stubbings Infant School Todmorden High School, Specialist Visual Arts College Trinity Academy Halifax Wainstalls School

LEEDS Crawshaw Academy school will start at later time of 10.30 Horsforth School, Later start time of 9:30am for all students Lighthouse Free School Academy - CLOSED North West Leeds SILC and SEN Specialist Communication & Interaction College - later start time of 10:00 Priesthorpe School is open from 9:30am Westbrook Lane Primary School - Delayed start of 10am

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Sheffield school pupil recognised as future technology leader

A school pupil from Sheffield has been recognised as a future leader in technology after winning the 'One to Watch Category' in the FDM Everywoman in Technology Awards. 15-year-old Nayana Dasgupta has inspired her fellow pupils by setting up a coding club at Sheffield High School.

I am so honoured to win this award, and surprised! I didn’t think I would even be shortlisted. I'd like to thank my parents and my family for being so supportive when I was young and interested in computers. I’d also like to thank Sheffield High School for introducing computer science into the curriculum and encouraging me and future pupils in this area.

– Nayana Dasgupta

The everywoman award scheme celebrates women in technology.

£1million worth of scholarships on offer to widen access to University of Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is offering 100 scholarships worth a total of £1million to widen access to postgraduate study.

The scholarships will each be worth £10,000 and will be available to students from under-represented groups and high achievers.

Postgraduate study is often the gateway to professions such as medicine, teaching and law. It would be a very poor society if we had people in such key positions of care and influence from only one background – we need to ensure that our country benefits from ability right across the board.

– Professor Wyn Morgan

The scholarships are for students who meet at least one of the University’s widening participation criteria and/or students who achieve a first in their undergraduate degree. Students can choose to use the scholarship towards fees or living expenses.

You can find out more about the scholarships here.

Exhibition celebrates life and work of Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte Credit: PA

An exhibition celebrating the life of Charlotte Bronte opens at the National Portrait Gallery today.

It includes portraits, personal belongings and manuscripts belonging to the eldest of the three Bronte sisters to mark the 200th anniversary of her birth on April 21st.

"Celebrating Charlotte Bronte", which runs until August 14th, celebrates one of the most celebrated authors of the 19th century. Her novels, which include "Jane Eyre" (1847), "Shirley" (1849) and "Vilette" (1853) continue to capture the imaginations of readers today.

The display explores Brontë’s life and literary career through portraits and includes treasures on loan from the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth.

Central to the display will be the presentation of new research into the only surviving painted portraits of Charlotte with her two sisters, Emily and Anne, by their brother Branwell, in the Gallery’s Collection. This will explore the intriguing story of its discovery folded on top of a wardrobe, subsequent acquisition by the Gallery and its restoration.

The Bronte sisters Credit: PA
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