Leigh UTC students visit University of Kent

Recently, year 12 and year 13 students at The Leigh UTC were taken to the Department of Physical Science at the University of Kent to learn about Astronomy and the search for variable stars and exoplanets.

The day involved a tour of the facilities, a practical demonstration of how to use a telescope and data reduction talks.

Students had the opportunity to use the telescopes and a range of software to analyse the images that they took of the night sky.

A great day was had by all with the academy receiving excellent feedback regarding our students.

Vicky Mason, project organiser at Spark said “I just wanted to say on behalf of everyone involved over the past two days a huge thank you to the students and teachers who came along to take part in our SPARK course.  The teachers were all fantastic, enthusiastic and encouraging, and very friendly. The students were an absolute credit to the school, we really did put them through a tough two days, with huge amounts of information over long days and they really behaved fantastically with enthusiasm and respect even during the long lectures. The experience and feedback have been invaluable for us to move forward and I do hope that we could work together again to strengthen links between the University and School. Many thanks for your hard work.”