Planetary Scientist Inspires Students
Ivybridge Community College was highly privileged to welcome Dr Suzie Imber, Planetary Scientist and winner of the BBC2 series Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?
Dr Suzie Imber spoke to students in the Sixth Form, Year 10 and some Year 7 students about her life and work. She told us about her amazing mountaineering achievements, her work as a Planetary Scientist, including helping to design and build the X-ray Spectrometer that is on the BepiColombo mission currently on its way to Mercury, and should help solve puzzles about how Mercury formed. She also told us all about some of the challenges she faced on the way to winning the BBC2 television show, “Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes?”
The students were very impressed with the presentation. A Year 10 student said, “Suzie Imber is a strong independent, inspirational scientist who showed us that anything really is possible. Most everyday school talks centre around a great achiever we have never met, on a digital screen, disconnected from reality, making it difficult to illuminate, inspire and move students and teachers alike to action. Suzie completely reconstructed the belief we had about Physics and the opportunities available to us. She sparked motivation and her speech was my favourite one yet.”