One Small Step for Orlagh...
Posted 21st May 2018
This year, as part of the Design Space Competition, Year 12 student Orlagh Simpson has been chosen to participate at international level, winning a visit to the Kennedy Space Centre in the USA. Following success for LCS at the regional and national level, Orlagh is one of just 12 pupils to be given the opportunity to represent the UK at the International stage.
The selection process began last year at Derby University when Littleover students were asked to design a space settlement on the moon. Teams were split into 4 main areas with Orlagh acting as team president. These covered a wide range of tasks: automation - involving the technical and robotic side of the project; structure - looking at the construction of the space station; human - what people would need to survive in space; operation - focusing on the idea of pitching to a company. The teams had 6 hours in order to come together to create an idea and create a presentation to a panel of judges.
At national level, the team travelled to Imperial College, London. Students were split up into inter-school groups and Orlagh chose to go to automation, due to her interest in computer science. The team had the chance to stay overnight in London and ended up having to spend most of the night working on their project in order to complete their presentation. The hard work paid off, as Orlagh was picked for the final international team element of the competition, heading for Florida!
This is to be Orlagh’s first time abroad and said she was “excited and nervous” by the prospect of going abroad. “I hope to gain a better understanding of the field of work and gain some unique experiences that will help my studies in Physics and Computer Science”. Mrs Cairns, who organised the LCS entry said “This is a life changing opportunity where she will meet and work with NASA engineers, Astrophysicist and others from the space industry on a complex and challenging design. We wish her all the best for the competition and hope that she has a great time in the Florida sunshine. We’d also like to thank Rolls Royce and the organisers for their support throughout.”
The trip is happening between the 25th of July and the 2nd of August and all at LCS wish Orlagh the best of luck and hope there will be another victory for her team.
By Emily, a Year 12 Student at LCS