The European Space Agency has announced that this year they will be hosting the CANSAT competition, and some of our advanced higher physics pupils are getting involved! The competition requires highly capable pupils to build a satellite within a drink can and this is the first year Scotland has been asked to take part. This amazing opportunity will bring the school great publicity, possibly even become recognised as a school which helps pupils achieve greatness in the field of science. The pupils who are taking part are; Alex Holmes, Lee Jardine, Ross Mckenzie, Lewis Print, Erin Stevenson and Kirrie Wallace, and this team will be known as “Leven Orbit”.
There will be weekly updates on the progress the team has made.
During the break the team have been writing a letter to Aggreko to see if they can find support from the company to fund the equiptment being ordered. There is planning for fundraising activities in the future to raise money, through these fundraising activities we hope to reach out to the younger pupils and interest them in science. We will also try to raise awareness out of school and show the local community what we are doing.
The CANSAT starter kit has arrived and we can now begin the process of building mission one. We hope that different departments around the school will assist us in problems we come across.
This week a student from Strathclyde University gave us a visit and has given us ideas on how to improve our project, this has been very helpful advice which we hope to put into action in the following weeks.