STAR GAZING: Bundamba State High School student Brad Van Cooten is heading to NASA for a school trip.
STAR GAZING: Bundamba State High School student Brad Van Cooten is heading to NASA for a school trip. Claudia Baxter

Bundamba students to touch down at NASA, Houston

SIXTEEN Bundamba State High School students are preparing for touch-down at NASA on a trip of a lifetime.

It's been 18 months of planning for the top-performing Year 11 and 12 maths and science students who will spend five days the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The class set off on Friday and are due to arrive in America today.

Principal Andrew Peach said the expedition would give students a taste of science and technology beyond the classroom.

"They will work with NASA astronauts on the Mars Rover project, be involved in launching rockets and will try out the neutral buoyancy lab in the zero gravity conditions astronauts train in," he said.

"It's a real hands-on experience."

Mr Peach said the trip was a reward for high-achieving pupils.

"We've had lots of extra opportunities for sports and performing art students, but we were keen to offer something that inspires and supports our top academic kids," he said.

"We have some outstanding maths and science students with some great abilities and great talent and there is no better place than NASA to give them a glimpse of real world maths and science technology and engineering studies."

Year 12 student Brad Van Cooten said he was excited to interact with NASA scientists.

"I want to design bionics, so I have to study robotics to get into that field and it's not that big in Australia," he said.

He said the trip to Johnson Space Station was something he had only dreamed of doing.

"I was surprised our school got such a good opportunity - no many students get an opportunity like this," he said.

Students will also see the Houston Astros versus New York Yankees baseball game on the last leg of their trip, with one student providing on-field entertainment at the end of the fourth innings.



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