Bede’s pupils have an out of this world experience at NASA

September 29, 2017

This summer saw Bede’s pupils Parmis Fadavi-Hosseini and Kozma Prelevic fly to the USA as part of the UK and EU teams in the international final of the Space Design Competition, which took place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for a week from 25 July.

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, where they were selected from a group of nearly 200 individuals to join 12 other pupils heading to NASA.

They were eased in gently to their week in the USA, with trips to Universal Studios, the mall and the beach, and a tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, a once in a lifetime opportunity to see launch pads and the facility where America launched Apollo 8.

The hard work soon began with a preliminary briefing, and details of the task which was to propose a design for a future human settlement on Venus which could sustain a population of 10,000 people; producing designs for every aspect of the settlement.    

The teams barely had two days to produce the design, with little or no sleep had by anyone as a result. On the third day, the teams presented their designs in only 30 minutes to a team of judges, followed by ten minutes of brutal questioning.   Although neither Parmis nor Kozma were on the winning teams, they certainly enjoyed the experience.

Parmis, 18 who is currently studying Maths, Physics and Biology A Levels  and hoping to study Architectural Engineering at Imperial next year said: “The trip really was an experience of a lifetime. Not only having the opportunity to visit the Kennedy Space Center, but as someone who wants to get into engineering, I learned how to deal with the realities of the industry in such a challenging environment.”

Kozma, 16, is currently studying Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry and Physics for A Level said “It was a fantastic opportunity to work with competitors from all over the globe and I met some amazing people. I feel like I have had an invaluable insight into the industry I want to pursue.”