Bradford College got ready for blast off with the launch of the WOW Space Bus! A new and unique learning environment, which focuses on the promotion of: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) across Yorkshire and Humberside.
The exciting new Space Bus has been launched to coincide with an exclusive two day visit by NASA astronauts, who have just returned from a space shuttle mission. What’s more Bradford is the only English visit the astronauts will be making whilst on their world tour. The visits will take place in various locations across the city on 11th & 12th September.
The Space Bus contains exciting learning tools such as: 3D stereoscopic, landscapes of the moon/mars, mobile planetarium and activity pods. All designed to attract, engage and inspire young people to pursue STEM subjects through the practical activities available on board.
The WOW Space Bus, in partnership with Bradford College, Space Connections and Yorkshire Forward, has already visited schools and events across the country, but future plans involve using it for private events, exhibitions, fundraising events and open days.
Michele Sutton, Principal and Chief Executive of Bradford College, attended the launch of the WOW Space Bus, alongside Martyn Chester, Senior Regeneration Manager for Yorkshire Forward, Hashim Hashim, Head of Innovation and Alam Zeb of Space Connections.
The Space Bus forms part of an impressive portfolio of space-related resources and is owned by Bradford College, managed by Space Connections and supported by Yorkshire Forward. These include a Space Bug (VW Beetle to accompany the Space Bus), the WOW Academy; a discovery centre for ICT, digital and creative media and The Yorkshire Planetarium.
Commenting on the successful launch of the Space Bus, Head of Innovation, Hashim Hashim said: “This is obviously an exciting opportunity for Bradford and young people, who will be able to engage with space technology and (STEM) related subject areas. Hopefully this will inspire them to pursue higher education and engage in Science, Technology, Engineering or related industries.”