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Astronomy Summer School wins award

A Queen Mary youth project entitled Media Space has won a London Education Partnership Award.

11 June 2009


The winning team with their award

Media Space is a summer school that gives Tower Hamlets pupils the opportunity to work with leading academics, scientists, and science communicators. It helps to develop their creative thinking and understanding of science and technology within the context of space, using the Cassini Mission as a source of inspiration.

The scheme was awarded in the “Excellent Professional Practice in Curriculum and Student Support in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)” category.

Outreach Officer Laura Thomas and Professor Carl Murray of the Astronomy Unit work on the project. Laura attended the ceremony on Tuesday and said: “I am delighted that we have won this award as it recognises the impact of our efforts in encouraging the young people we have worked with to continue their studies in science.”

The project was recognised for its collaboration with other organisations, including Morpeth School, the Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Ideas Foundation. Heather MacRae, from the Ideas Foundation, said: "We enjoy working in partnership with Queen Mary as the College shares our passion to show how creative you can be within the field of science and science communication."

The award was sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and was presented at the London Education Partnership Awards Ceremony in Greenwich.

For media information, contact:

Neha Okhandiar
Public Relations Manager
Queen Mary University of London
email: n.okhandiar@qmul.ac.uk
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