How can a retro dessert explain how astronauts safely return to Earth?What connects molten sugar and micro-meteorite protection?How would you even bake bread in space?

As part of Science Week 2019 members of the Bake Club visited Smockalley Theatre to see a ‘bakeneering’ event facilitated by Andrew Smyth, aerospace engineer and Great British Bake Off finalist and Dr Niamh Shaw, scientist and space explorer.

The students listened to special guests from the European Space Agency and looked at the surprising connections between everyday bakes and the extraordinary engineering that keeps astronauts alive in space. The students were treated to lots of live demonstrations, tasting and audience interaction. Our students’ curiosity was whisked, stirred and taken out of this world.

A special thank you to TeenTurn  (a programme that promotes girls in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths) and the French Embassy for their support in this visit.