Space exhibition aiming to get pupils looking to skies

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PUPILS from two Sunderland schools will have their eyes on the skies to learn about careers in the space industry.

Pupils from Monkwearmouth Academy and The Venerable Bede CE Academy will be among 360 pupils in the region taking part in The Great North East Space and Engineering Expo later this month.

The event will be held at The Discovery Museum and has been organised by Ashington Learning Partnership, ALP, the Northern hub for the National Space Academy.

Students from 16 schools across the region are expected to attend the event where they will take part in workshops and hear directly from industry experts and employers.

Nicole Sergeant, Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (Stem) co-ordinator at ALP, said: “There is so much more to the space industry than just sending astronauts into orbit.

“It’s a rapidly growing sector of Britain’s economy and presents fantastic opportunities in a wide range of jobs especially for students with an interest in Stem subjects.

“The Great North East Space and Engineering Expo is an ideal showcase for the sector and for today’s students to learn more about potential career opportunities.”

The space industry today is worth about £9billion annually to Britain’s economy and it is forecast this will more than double by 2020.