'Sky is no longer the limit' after Nasa link-up; Schools report.
THE head of science at a city high school believes a link with Nasa has improved science results and given students a belief that with hard work they can achieve anything.
Cathays High School in Cardiff has had built up strong links with Nasa in the last six years through the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET) which is based in Penarth.
Astronauts have come to speak to pupils and in turn pupils have had the opportunity to visit space centres in Florida and Texas.
Head of science Jane Holland-Lloyd believes the link has had a huge influence on achievements at the school. Speaking after the most recent visit to the school by astronaut Mike Fossum, right, she said: "I believe continuing improvements in GCSE science examination results have been influenced by the use of space and space exploration topics in lessons.
Giving pupils and staff the chance to listen to enthusiastic, inspirational people like Mike, prove that with dedication and hard work the 'sky is no longer the limit' as well as being a really good way of broadening their understanding of space exploration and the opportunities there are in this field of science."
Mike Fossum was part of a six-member crew invited to tour schools in the UK by ISSET. The crew had completed a mission to the International Space Station in June.
Among the 400 students who listened to his talk at Cathays High was Rebecca Frew, who was rewarded for her hard work in science with a trip to the American space centres.
Rebecca said: "Meeting Mike has made me even more determined to follow my dream of becoming an astronaut."
Chris Barber, of ISSET, said: "Young people know there are opportunities but young people from deprived communities believe those opportunities are for somebody else. This is why the astronauts are telling them 'you can be anything you want'."