• North East girls win UK Space Agency satellite logo contest

    North East girls win UK Space Agency satellite logo contest

    Four girls have claimed prizes in the North East leg of a national competition to design a logo that will be displayed on the first rockets launching small satellites from the UK later this year.

    Freya Brown, 10, Emily Frankland, 11, and Alice Stobbart, 11, of Chester-le-Street, worked together on a cheerful design depicting a cartoon Earth holding a camera, linked up to an orbiting constellation of small satellites decorated in Union Jack colours.

    Meanwhile, six-year-old Inara Kell, of Saltburn, used a computer to design a smiling Earth – with a nose in the shape of the UK – peeping out from behind a satellite.

    More than 10,000 primary school children aged between 4 and 11 years old entered the Logo Lift Off competition, which was run by the UK Space Agency in collaboration with Hopscotch Consulting to encourage the next generation to consider a career in the space sector.

    The overall winner, announced on the International Day of Human Spaceflight (April 12), was six-year-old Callum Wilkinson from Bolton, who will have his logo displayed on the rockets.

    As regional winners, the girls will receive personalised certificates, goody bags, a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) learning kit, and an opportunity for their classes to attend an online talk with a UK Space Agency representative.

    Source: The Northern Echo