Ayrshire pupils dine with Michelle Obama

Ayrshire pupils dine with Michelle Obama

Sir Tom Hunter generously provided Ayrshire College a table at The Hunter Foundation’s fund-raising dinner in Edinburgh on Tuesday 17 June, at which the former First Lady, Michelle Obama participated in a moderated conversation.

Six pupils who won a space competition held at Ayrshire College last month were chosen to enjoy dinner with former First Lady, Michelle Obama, after winning the International Space School Educational Trust Mission Discovery programme held for its third year at Ayrshire College.

The Mission Discovery programme involved over 150 Ayrshire pupils, who worked in mixed teams to design space experiments. The participants knew that their winning idea would be launched to the International Space Station later this year. They were delighted to learn of the bonus prize dinner with Michelle Obama.

Alicia Burns (Irvine Royal Academy), Megan Denim (Kilmarnock Academy), Tyler Mitchell (Girvan Academy), Andy Morrison (Queen Margaret Academy), Sam Rae (Belmont Academy) and Savannah Scott (St. Matthew’s Academy) were thrilled when their team was crowned the winner.

Girvan Academy pupil, Tyler Mitchell said, “I am absolutely ecstatic to have had the chance to listen to Michelle Obama. It was an unbelievable experience.”

Heather Dunk OBE, Principal of Ayrshire College said “I would like to congratulate the winning pupils on their innovative idea and brilliant submission at this year’s Mission Discovery at Ayrshire College. I was delighted that Sir Tom Hunter provided a table for the winning team and know that they enjoyed an unforgettable evening listening to Michelle Obama.”

The pupils’ winning experiment involves taking proteins from snake venom and investigating whether they can use it to treat diseases and infections that antibiotics can no longer treat. 23 teams developed experiments over the course of the week, with the help of NASA astronaut Steve Bowen, NASA’s Deputy of Orion Vehicle Systems Performance and Analysis, Sarah Murray, and Julie Keeble, scientist at King’s College London.

Mission Discovery at Ayrshire College was sponsored by the Ayrshire College Foundation, East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, NATS, Glasgow Prestwick Spaceport, Developing the Young Workforce Ayrshire and the Ayr Rotary Club.

17 July 2018

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