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Aspiring King’s Hall astronaut, Charlotte Ambler, jetted off to Alabama this spring for a special space camp at the US Space and Rocket Centre.

The six-day programme saw children aged 9-11 immersed in NASA-style astronaut training, with participants working in teams to complete a series of mission scenarios – each of which required dynamic problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Adapted from NASA’s astronaut programme, the space camp is the ultimate experience for those passionate about STEM.

The Year 6 pupil, who was recently awarded 11+ Academic, Music and STEM scholarships at King’s, developed a love of space through her favourite subject – science. She particularly enjoyed the simulated missions, where she was promoted to Flight Engineer, as well as learning about aerospace career opportunities.

Charlotte hopes to attend the more advanced space academy next year, which boasts alumni that includes Samantha Cristoforetti, the Italian European Space Agency astronaut.