Bede’s pupils are over the moon to be heading to NASA

June 27, 2017

Bede’s pupils Parmis Fadavi-Hosseini and Kozma Prelevic are flying off this summer as part of the UK and EU teams in the International final of the Space Design Competition, taking place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at the end of July, spending a week competing with teams from across the world.

Bill Richards, teacher of Maths at Bede’s explains ‘The Space Design Competition is a unique engineering challenge for students aged 15 to 18, which asks them to propose a detailed design for a future human settlement or spacecraft 60-70 years in the future; producing designs for every aspect of the settlement from airlocks to artificial gravity.’  

Parmis and Kozma won their hard-earned selection to the teams after competing at the final of the UK Space Design Competition held at Imperial College London this Easter, where they were selected from a group of nearly 200 individuals to join 12 other pupils heading to NASA.

Parmis, 18 who is currently studying Maths, Physics and Biology A Levels at Bede’s said ‘the trip to NASA really is going to be an experience of a lifetime.  It is an incredible opportunity to visit the space station and to work alongside fellow competitors from across the globe.’   

Kozma, aged 15, who found out the news that he had won a place to represent the EU team whilst in the middle of his GCSE exams said ‘I can’t wait to go to NASA, I am really over the moon about being chosen!’

Bill Richards continues ‘One of the reasons that Bede’s is exceptionally keen to be involved in this competition is that it helps our pupils when they apply for university.  For Parmis, who is looking to study Architectural Engineering, the experience of such a different learning environment will be highly regarded on her UCAS application next year.

I am incredibly thrilled that these two exceptional pupils have the chance to experience this life-changing opportunity and I am really looking forward to hearing all about it when they return to Bede’s in the autumn’.