When Emma met Tim Peake

By Emma Wride

Tim Peake at Techniquest – All rights reserved space made simple

On Thursday 13th October, Tim Peake flew from Houston to Cardiff to start his 10 day UK post-flight tour. Techniquest were delighted to be the first stop on his tour, inviting members of science centres, universities and even some primary schools that have taken part in Tim Peake-related projects.

At space made simple, I run the Mission X (Train Like an Astronaut) and the Is There anyone Out There? schools outreach programmes. I have been delivering these workshops as well as CPD teacher training events to primary schools across Wales and Gloucester, as part of the UK Space Agency’s Tim Peake Primary Project. I was extremely lucky to be invited to be part of this one-off, history-in-the-making event.

The CEO of Techniquest, Lesley Kirkpatrick and the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones, welcomed Tim and showed him around the various exhibits. They were excited to show Tim the new robotic arm they had installed, just like the Canadarm onboard the International Space Station, only a little smaller. Everyone enjoyed watching Tim having a go at operating the arm with the help of a primary school pupil. There were so many excited people at the event but Tim’s team from the European and UK Space Agencies took their time meeting and greeting everyone, and there was time for lots of photos and selfies with Tim.

The First Minister of Wales spoke of the various Tim Peake projects that the many organisations are involved in and how these projects are inspiring the next generation with STEM topics (science, technology, engineering and maths) and maybe even a career in the space industry!


Emma and Tim – All rights reserved space made simple

We were then treated to a 30 minute presentation by Tim which included some of his training, his experiences of the launch and being in a rocket. He told us about his work on the International Space Station and how he would enjoy his down time taking lots of photos of Earth from space. He then answered questions from school students, and some even got to experience dressing up as astronauts.

When I was introduced to Tim, I told him of my work and he said that he really appreciated all the work I do for him and the Principia mission. I have to say that it was an amazing experience to meet him, and to hear his support of all the work I do in schools was just fantastic.

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