Maggie's talk is out of this world

February 24 2017

Students, parents and staff from Redmaids' High School, as well as members of the public, came together at the end of January to hear eminent space scientist and TV presenter, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, moot 'Is there life out there?'.

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Students, parents and staff from Redmaids' High School, as well as members of the public, came together at the end of January to hear eminent space scientist and TV presenter, Maggie Aderin-Pocock, moot 'Is there life out there?'. 

 With 100 billion galaxies in the universe, Maggie has long held the view that, based on the laws of probability, we're most likely not alone.

Maggie, presenter of TV's Sky at Night and Stargazing, shared her infectious enthusiasm for space and science with the audience made up of students from the Junior School right the way up to Sixth Form. 

 Awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to science education, her knowledge and passion for the subject did not disappoint.  

Maggie updated the audience on the latest developments in space exploration and analysis with news on projects like the 'Starshot' programme and the James Webb Telescope project.  She even asked the audience to ponder what aliens would really look like given what is known about planets that could support life.

Dr Zoe Bell, the school's head of science, said: "We were delighted Maggie came to share her knowledge and thoughts on the make-up of the universe.  

"She left a lasting impression on all of us and hopefully encouraged more young people to pursue their fascination in space and science.  It's a subject as broad as the galaxy itself and here at Redmaids' High School, we're thrilled we can harness interest and inspire enquiring minds at every age." 

Science is high on the agenda at the all-girl Redmaids' High with 34 per cent  of last year's leavers  going on to study STEM subjects at university.  

Maggie's visit was part of the School's Annual Speaker Programme which has welcomed Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington, broadcaster Clemency Burton-Hill and philosopher A.C. Grayling.