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Contest to name Sussex-born astronaut's space mission

The British astronaut Major Tim Peake is to fly on a mission to the International Space Station in 2015. The European Space Agency (ESA) have launched a competition to find a name for the mission. The astronaut was born in Chichester in Sussex.

Encouraging kids to consider science

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

Take a tin of spaghetti, a box of bees and a smoothie-maker and what have you got? In one part of the south east, a recipe for a fascinating science lesson! A science fair, at the old Pfizer site in Sandwich, was put on to attract youngsters to the worlds of technology and maths.

David Johns donned his lab coat and went along to take a look. He spoke to scientist Robert Wybrow, engineer Victoria Roots, Kent County Councillor Mark Dance (Con), and Discovery Park MD Paul Barber.


Competition to find new generation of engineers

Over two-hundred primary schools in Oxfordshire have the opportunity to take part in a competition to find the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The Engineering Explorers Competition is being launched to boost science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills in the UK.

Babcock Education and Science Oxford have joined forces to encourage children and young people to get involved in science.

The competition will see children working in teams and thinking like engineers to design and build their own working-model crane.

Amanda Fisher, Director of Education at Babcock said, "Our ground breaking partnership with Science Oxford promises to inspire, generate and drive young minds towards the array of opportunities that STEM issues offer.”


Images from space

by David Johns (@davidjohns_itv)

A science project organised by a school in Kent has reached new heights. Sevenoaks School holds a "science week" each year and this time they sent cameras up to the edge of space on a weather ballon - and despite a hiccup over Belgium, have brought back some amazing images.

David Johns explains, talking to physics teacher Elizabeth Harper-Clark, and Head of Science Graeme Lawrie.


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