IT students learn about space in the Sunshine State

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University Centre Weston (UCW) Applied Computing and Digital and Technology Solutions degree students toured NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre as part of a recent trip to Florida.

The students were given a tour of the facility’s launch pads and mission control rooms, and also heard from experts at NASA on their plans for future space exploration to Mars and beyond.

The trip to the US also included a behind the scenes tour of Universal Studios, where the students were able to learn about the control systems and animatronics on some of the theme park’s most popular rides.

The students also undertook a classroom tour and met some of their counterparts at Universal’s Digital Animation and Visual Effects School.

UCW computing lecturer Jason Hill said: “The itinerary for this trip was full-on but really relevant to the students’ studies in subjects like emerging technologies, multimedia and games design, and systems analysis.

“We believe that this kind of real-world learning is so valuable for our students.

“I’m not sure we could have taken them to more inspirational and interesting places, so we are definitely looking to visit Florida again next year.”

The UCW degrees in Applied Computing and degree apprenticeship in Digital Technology Solutions are delivered in partnership with UWE Bristol.