An out of this world astronomy club

Astronomy club

When I was growing up, I always had an interest in space. It started when my uncle showed me Saturn when I was about 7 and from then on I was hooked.

To cut a long story short, I craved to learn more about astronomy. As I moved through school, I was never encouraged to take a ‘different’ career path. I wasn’t a great academic so I slipped into what was easy and around my area.

Now an established business owner, I am able to take some time out to peruse what I loved. I completed various online courses and attended my local astronomy group. But this wasn’t enough.

I was told about the STEM Ambassadors programme through one of my friends at Roseland and decided to join. Through this, I really wanted to create an after-school astronomy club. So I did!

I set up the astronomy club at Lanivet Primary School, along with a fellow (recently joined) STEM Ambassador, Carol, and her friend Wendy.

The children love it, we show a short video, a ten-minute presentation then an experiment or creative time. We even have a waiting list. From this, we created Lanivet Amateur Astronomy group and have had very successful meets with 20 or so people attending.

The bottom line is that I wanted to give to these children what I feel I missed out on. I want to keep their imaginations full and to help young girls to know that if they really want something they can achieve it.

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