Lesson of a lifetime for local schoolkids

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One lucky class from a Sussex school is set for an out-of-this-world experience after winning a chance to be taught by television science star Professor Brian Cox.

Rydon Community College in Pulborough is to be taught by the Prof in February after being picked from thousands of schoolchildren who entered a nationwide competition for a chance to see their class scoop the science lesson of a lifetime.

The competition – organised by The Big Bang UK Young Scientists & Engineers Fair – will see the TV scientist rocketing in to Rydon where the winning class will enjoy a mind-blowing space workshop exploring everything from the Big Bang and black holes to extraterrestrial life.

Winning the ultimate lesson lottery to be a part of Professor Cox’s personal tour of the cosmos was beyond the students’ wildest dreams.

Mr Collins, head of science at Rydon Community College, said: “Our pupils and staff are simply over the moon to have won such a truly inspirational experience here at the school.

“We hope that many of our young people taking part in Professor Cox’s special lesson will be spurred on by this opportunity to realise their own ambitions in pursuit of successful science and engineering careers.”

Professor Cox said: “It’s exciting to be heading back to the classroom to host my lesson for a third year with The Big Bang Fair. The response from students, teachers and parents alike has been wonderful, and I’m delighted to see so many young people eager to find out more about the natural world and our scientific understanding of it.

“I have always seen the process of understanding science, technology, engineering and maths as an exciting and inspiring one. These are challenging subjects, undoubtedly, and it is my job to show that this only adds to the enjoyment! I’m looking forward to taking Rydon Community College on a journey of discovery and I hope to help them see the beauty and power of the scientific way of thinking, and to show them the exciting future opportunities that maths and science subjects provide.”