One giant leap for local school children

All of the Year 6 children at Lacey Green Primary Academy have created a computer program that has now officially been run on the International Space Station.

This year as part of their computing lessons, they participated in Mission Zero, which is organised by the European Space Agency (ESA).

Mission Zero required the students to create a program that would run on an Astro Pi computer on board the International Space Station. The Year 6 children worked in pairs to follow the guidelines and complete the task back in March.

Their programs were then submitted to the ESA who have now confirmed they ran on the ISS on Friday, 26th May. Each pupil has received a certificate confirming their achievement and showing the International Space Station's position above the Earth at the time their program was running.

Head Girl Holly said, "Astro Pi was a great learning experience; we learnt many new things and overall we had a great time."

Deputy Head Boy Jedidiah stated, "The Astro Pi project was a great success and helped me enhance my problem solving skills. It gave me the opportunity to recognize errors and how to solve them via debugging. I feel incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity of creating something of such importance."

Mr Jenkins, Computing Lead, Lacey Green Primary Academy, said "This has been a fantastic opportunity to further our pupils' interest in computing and develop their knowledge and skills of programming.

"I am very proud of their achievement and hope that their completion of the Astro Pi Challenge inspires them to continue learning as Computer Scientists."



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Stuart Redgard
Saturday 24th June 2023 at 2:31 am
Amazing. Well done