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Reaching for the skies: The Astrogazers Club

The Astrogazers Club at Croydon High School for Girls reached the edge of space. Head of physics Arabi Karteepan explains how…
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I joined Croydon High School for Girls in 2021 and contributed to its extensive co-curricular programme by forming and founding a STEAM club called Astrogazers.

I wanted to offer a club that combined both my childhood passion for the cosmos and physics education. The aim of Astrogazers is to promote physics, astrophysics, astronomy, engineering, and STEAM-related careers.


Astrogazers first mission

The Astrogazers Club gained attention immediately due to the students’ interest in the physics of space. This inspired me to suggest a mission to launch their very own meteorological weather balloon to the edge of space.

It was an ambitious goal, but the Astrogazers, aged 10 to 16, were driven, motivated and enthusiastic. In fact, Astrogazers became something much more than a club – it transformed into a NASA-like structure, split into teams to focus on operations, health and safety, marketing, and finance.

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