Lenzie Academy pupil shooting for the stars

Sam Milby
Sam Milby

An ambitious pupil will jet off to the USA later this year after beating hundreds of other students to a place on a ‘Space School’ trip.

Sam Milby (17), who is in his final year at Lenzie Academy, was one of 100 pupils to be selected for a week-long residential summer school at Strathclyde University earlier this year.

He took part in a mix of lectures, labs and workshops delivered by space experts - with the top 10 students landing a trip to the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas.

Sam, who lives in Stepps, told the Herald: “I’m quite interested in a career in aerospace so I was really happy to be one of the 100 to be selected from 400 applicants.

“I thought I’d done quite well, particularly in the interviews, but I was still surprised when told I was in the top 10.”

The trip leaves on October 26 and Sam’s looking forward to the educational jaunt.

He explained: “I’m particularly looking forward to learning about Orion - which would be the first manned mission to Mars - and there’s a simulator which allows you to try and dock with the space station which will be fascinating.”

Sam’s hoping the trip could be the first step toward and interstellar career, as he’s hoping to return to Strathclyde University next year to study for a degree in electrical and mechanical engineering, before moving to the USA, Japan or Australia to work.

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