Emma Willett, a Year 10 student at The Petersfield School, has been selected for a scholarship to the Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy. Created in partnership with the US Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, it provides students with a unique opportunity to spend a week there, engaging with industry experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Emma is one of only 10 students between the ages of 15 and 18 to be selected from the UK, and there were applications from 23 countries for the coveted places. Part of the selection process included answering two lengthy online essay questions on school activities, community service, life experiences and ambitions for the future.
Students will participate in a series of unique science-oriented workshops and exercises designed to challenge them in several key areas such as purposeful leadership, effective communication, team cohesion and critical thinking. They will also broaden their knowledge of the space and aviation industry by interacting with leaders from NASA, the University of Alabama in Huntsville and HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology.
Emma, 15, said, "I couldnít believe it when I got the letter! Iím really looking forward to this fantastic opportunity Ė Iíve wanted to be an astronaut since I was a little girl, and as Iíve grown older my interest in space science has continued to grow, so this is just perfect for me.Ē