First Brit in space is heading to Hartlepool for launch

Helen Sharman was 27 when she became the first British astronaut.
Helen Sharman was 27 when she became the first British astronaut.

The first Briton to go into space is coming to Hartlepool.

Helen Sharman will help officially launch the new STEM initiative at High Tunstall College of Science.

Helen Sharman as she is today.

Helen Sharman as she is today.

As well as a visit to the school, she will also be giving a lecture at the Borough Hall on the Headland.

It will be held on Tuesday, October 6 after Helen’s earlier meetings with students.

High Tunstall head teacher Mark Tilling told how the visit was part of a major initiative at the college.

Helen will help to launch the college’s new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) system which has seen four houses set up at High Tunstall, each named after a celebrated figure including Helen herself. Others include Stephen Hawking, Marie Curie, and Alan Turing.

The day before Helen’s visit, 200 pupils from High Tunstall’s partner primary schools will be joining in with a day of fun which includes getting to see a life size rocket on site, dressing up as an alien, a planetarium, a project on animals in space and a chance to experience the life of an astronaut.

Mr Tilling added: “We are very excited about this event and meeting Helen and as the lead science college in Hartlepool. It shows the ambition we have for all the young people in Hartlepool.

“We are looking to the future. We want to energise young people and make sure they have the right training.”

Mr Tilling said the lecture was set to become an annual event and said the whole initiative was “about raising the expectation of people in Hartlepool.”