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Leicester College learners to attend International Space Olympics


Five Leicester College learners have been selected to attend the prestigious XIX International Space Olympics in Russia, which takes place from 19-29 October 2011.

Ryan Beeforth, Amisha Chauhan, Callum Pinchbeck, George Webster-Aikman and Sam Jefford, who are all on the BTEC National Diploma in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, will join seven other students from across Leicester to form the only UK-based team attending the event this year.

Students with high academic achievements are invited to participate in the Space Olympics, which is an annual competition for young people aged 14-19 years. The main goal of the event is to stimulate outstanding students to develop their critical and creative thinking, and to develop their personal knowledge in the field of space.

Participants present their own technical, economic and social projects in any field connected with space exploration, and also take part in competitions involving physics, mathematics and/or computer science.

Leicester College lecturer, Paul Squires, said: “Each year, for the past 12 years, a team of students from Leicester have participated in this prestigious competition, gaining very creditable results. This year is very special for us as the Leicester team will be the only representative for the UK amongst delegations from the USA, Sweden, China, Israel, Greece, Germany and Russia.

“The opportunity for students from Leicester College, Gateway College and Wyggeston & Queen Elizabeth I College to work together as a city team, and to act as ambassadors for Leicester and for the UK is fantastic. Experiences like these are not to be missed; they are genuine opportunities of a lifetime.”

Highlights for those attending include the opportunity to talk to Russian cosmonauts and space industry specialists, as well as interacting with students from Russia and other countries. When not competing in events, participants are given tours of some of Russia’s top space facilities and areas of cultural significance including the Moscow Kremlin, Red Square, Moscow University and the Bolshoi Theatre.