Media Release: School pupil Kaitlyn designs winning space patch

Winner and runners-up with John Rainey

MAUCHLINE Primary School pupil, Kaitlyn Lodge, will see one of her drawings blast off into space, after winning the patch design competition for Mission Discovery Ayrshire 2016!

Kaitlyn won with her drawing of a rocket flying over Ailsa Craig with a saltire as the trail. This means her patch will accompany the winning space experiment from this year’s Mission Discovery programme – which is being held in Ayrshire for the very first time – to the International Space Station.

Mission Discovery is a week-long space school for 200 pupils and students of Ayrshire secondary schools and Ayrshire College.

They will work on space experiments with NASA leaders and former NASA astronaut, Michael Foale CBE, and, at the end of the week, the winning experiment will make its way into space where it will be carried out by a team of astronauts.

Every primary school across Ayrshire was invited to design a Mission Patch, which will also feature on t-shirts handed out to every participant at the start of the week. A panel of judges selected the winning design from each local authority before deciding on an overall winner.

Patryck Gwizdowski, aged nine, of Whiting Bay Primary School, and Kelleigh Mawer, aged ten, of Ballantrae Primary School, were the runners-up.

Each of the finalist schools have received £1,000 to be used to purchase science or technology resources, while Kaitlyn won herself £150. Patryck and Kelleigh each received £100 as runners-up.

Kaitlyn, who is in P6/7 at Mauchline Primary School, said of her design: “I used the image of Ailsa Craig because it is a significant and easily recognisable Ayrshire landmark, which is visible from all three council areas. I decided to have a distinctive saltire trail for the spacecraft, and used green to represent the green fields of Ayrshire.”

John Rainey, chair of the Ayrshire College Foundation, presented Kaitlyn with her prize at a special ceremony held at her school.

John said: “This is the most exciting project that the Foundation has been involved in. and the space patch design is one of the most important part of the Mission Discovery programme. We were overwhelmed by the high quality of the designs submitted.”

The Ayrshire College Foundation is funding the Mission Discovery space event for Ayrshire. The Foundation was set up in 2013 to advance the charitable purposes of Ayrshire College to include the advancement of education, by making grants and providing financial support for projects and activities being carried out by and supported by Ayrshire College.

Mission Discovery takes place from Monday June 13 to Friday June 17.


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