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Woodkirk Academy celebrates Space Week

Space Week at Woodkirk Academy, pictured are winners Chloe Bradshaw, Olivia Sunderland, Philippa Yeung and Lily Chapman from Cockburn School, with Claire Galley and Nick Gedge from Virgin Travel White Rose and Ed hand from The Bradford Robotic Telescope.   (d22031204)
Space Week at Woodkirk Academy, pictured are winners Chloe Bradshaw, Olivia Sunderland, Philippa Yeung and Lily Chapman from Cockburn School, with Claire Galley and Nick Gedge from Virgin Travel White Rose and Ed hand from The Bradford Robotic Telescope. (d22031204)

PUPILS from local secondary schools have been reaching for the stars as Woodkirk Academy celebrated its annual Space Week.

Along with trips to Leeds University and webchats with space scientists, pupils converted the school’s drama studio into a planetarium for the week.

Woodkirk also hosted a rocketry workshop for students from Cockburn and Temple Moor schools in Leeds.

These students then faced a Dragon’s Den style panel of experts from Bradford Robotic Telescope and Virgin Holidays, who judged their innovative ideas for a product that could be used by a space tourist.

Cockburn’s Space Shark project, a remote-controlled video camera, was made overall winner, with commendations for the other projects.

Virgin Holidays’ Nick Gedge said: “It’s great to see the creativity of the students, and the attention to detail that they’ve put into their ideas.”

Woodkirk student Latham Haigh added: “Competing against our friends was fun and launching the rockets was awesome!”.

Teacher Dan Hannard thanked the pupils who took part and said: “It’s the hard work and enthusiasm of the students that makes events like these such a success.”