Scottish Space School About us

The Scottish Space School at Strathclyde aims to inspire the next generation of engineers by highlighting the career and educational opportunities available to young people with an interest in science, engineering and technology.

Why would you attend the Scottish Space School?

The Scottish Space School inspires students from across Scotland to consider engineering as an exciting career opportunity.

Engineering and technology play a large part in all our lives and in the economy of Scotland. The Scottish Space School seeks to inspire the next generation to pursue engineering related courses of study, and consider careers in engineering and technology.

The summer school programme is an opportunity for the pupils who attend to participate in a number of engineering-based activities, all of which are aimed at increasing the awareness of engineering and the career opportunities available. 

It is a one week residential programme run by the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. Each year 100 S5 pupils from schools all over Scotland attend the programme and stay on the University campus for the week.

The Objectives

  • Provide inspiration, increase motivation and raise aspirations of young people in Science, Technology,Engineering and Maths (STEM)
  • Encourage more students to study STEM courses at University
  • Promote the wide range of career opportunities in engineering and technology
  • Increase self-confidence through the development of high quality communication, team-building and problem solving skills

Who can apply?

The Scottish Space School at Strathclyde is open to S5 pupils in all Scottish schools. 

Since 2004 three out of four secondary schools in Scotland have had pupils take part in Space School.

The History

Since its inception in 2002 over 1800 pupils from high schools across Scotland have taken part in the Scottish Space School, with over 900 now employed in well paid jobs with prospects in science and technology.

The Programme

The current programme comprises a week long residential summer school with an eclectic mix of lectures, labs and workshops all on a space theme, delivered by leading academics and researchers, and supported by NASA astronauts and engineers. The NASA guests join the students in selected activities and engage with them in small group and one-to-one discussions with the explicit aim of inspiring the next generation of engineers. Over thirty astronauts and cosmonauts have addressed the students at Space School in this university over the past ten years, some of them on more than one occasion. 

Learning Journey

During the Space School week, staff and mentors assess the pupils on the basis of their performance on the allocated tasks and activities, their skills both as a team leader and a team player, and their general attitude, and 40 are then invited to attend a selection workshop. Following a rigorous assessment process 10 pupils are then chosen to go on a learning journey to Houston, Texas.

The Learning Journey is a once in a lifetime opportunity for the selected pupils.

Discover more about the Scottish Space School

A trip of a lifetime

Every year 10 of the students who attend the Scottish Space School are chosen to go on the Learning Journey trip to Houston, Texas. This week long visit includes behind the scenes access at NASA's Johnson Space Center - find out more about the amazing experience.

Since its inception in 2002 1800 pupils from high schools across Scotland have taken part in the Scottish Space School

Meet the students

Space School Gallery

Four Space School participants stand holding their rockets while smiling at the camera

Visit our gallery to see what the pupils get up to during their week with us in June.

Strathclyde has the largest Faculty of Engineering in Scotland, and is home to over 5500 students