Mission Discovery Summer School - London 2025

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King's College London | 14-18 July 2025
Open to 14-18 yrs

👨🏻‍🚀 Learn from a real life NASA astronaut
🤩 Make friends that will last a lifetime
🎓 Get a taste of University life
🛰 Compete to have your idea launched to the ISS
🙌 Residential Package Add-on Available

Spend a week with NASA astronauts, space scientists, elite professors and get ready for life after high school!

This isn’t any ordinary summer school… You'll take on the exciting challenge of designing a space experiment. You'll be assigned to a team with an expert mentor who will guide you every step of the way, ensuring you reach your fullest potential.

At the end of the week, the best experiment will be selected to be built at NASA and launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on a SpaceX rocket, where astronauts on board will conduct it.

Mission Discovery will give you the tools to turn your ambitions into reality. Complete your order, today


Reasons to Get on Board!

🚀 Unlock Your Potential: Embark on a journey that will boost your confidence & expand your horizons.

👨‍🚀 Learn from NASA astronauts: Receive mentorship and insights from astronauts, university professors and industry experts.
 
👩‍🏫 Master Essential Skills: Develop teamwork, innovation, leadership and problem-solving skills for future success.

🏆 Elevate Your Achievements: Strengthen university applications and stand out from the crowd.
 
🙌 Find your tribe: Connect with like-minded peers and form lifelong friendships.

🎓 Collaborate with the world's best universities: The winning experiment will be built at King's College London before launching to the International Space Station.
 
Join Mission Discovery's epic STEM adventure! Dream big, reach for the stars, and shape your future!


Meet the Hosts 🤩

TBC

NASA Astronaut

Sarah Murray

Former Project & Technical Lead in the
development of NASA’s Orion Space Vehicle

Prof. Steve Harridge

Professor of Human & Applied Physiology
at King's College London

Dr Julie Keeble

Director of Biological Services & Senior
Lecturer at King’s College London

Dr Peter Hodkinson

Head of Aerospace Medicine
(Clinical and Education)

Diane Ryding

Former Head FDP/YDP Academy
Physiotherapist, Manchester United


Meet the Hosts 🤩

TBC

NASA Astronaut

Sarah Murray

Former Project & Technical Lead in the
development of NASA’s Orion Space Vehicle

Prof. Steve Harridge

Professor of Human & Applied Physiology
at King's College London

Dr Julie Keeble

Director of Biological Services & Senior
Lecturer at King’s College London

Dr Peter Hodkinson

Head of Aerospace Medicine
(Clinical and Education)

Diane Ryding

Former Head FDP/YDP Academy
Physiotherapist, Manchester United

 


Programme Itinerary 💫

Throughout the week you will hear a variety of talks from our experts, based on a range of themes including team building, leadership, space, the sciences and personal development.

Your team will be assigned its own Mission Discovery mentor to help you every step of the way.

DAY 1: Mon 14th - NASA Team Building & Leadership - 09:30 - 16:00

Just like the makings of any astronaut crew, the days focus is on bringing you together. By the end of the day, you and your team will be functioning as an elite unit.

DAY 2: Tues 15th - Introduction to Design Brief - 09:00 - 16:00

Now you’re ready to take on your first space mission. We introduce you to the design brief. You and your space squad will work quickly to pull together ideas.

DAY 4: Weds 16th - Budgeting, Planning & Experiment Design - 09:00 - 16:00

Let’s finalise those ideas and work out how your experiment is going to work in microgravity.

DAY 5: Thurs 17th - Finalise Experiments & Public Speaking Seminar - 09:00 - 16:00

You’ve done it, look how far you’ve come in only 4 days. Your experiment is ready for lift off! Let’s turn your incredible work into a presentation and get you prepped for the final tomorrow.

DAY 5: Fri 18th - Present Ideas to Judges & Winners Announced 09:00 - 15:30

All the hard work is done, now it's time to present your idea to our friendly judges and accept your Mission Completion certificate and awards at the Mission Discovery closing ceremony. YOU DID IT 🤩


Your ticket to the stars includes:

🧠 5 Day Summer School, packed with career boosting knowledge

🏆 Certification signed by an astronaut & the Mission Discovery team

📸 Selfie with an astronaut + a team photo’s with your new friends

👕 T-shirt to treasure, complete with your iconic Mission Discovery patch


Residential Option Available 🙌

🛏 You will have your very own ensuite bedroom.
🍳 Breakfast in your private kitchen
🍝 Dinner at local restaurants
🎱 Entertainment & games room
👩🏻‍💼 24 hr supervision - your safety is our top priority!
🚶🏻‍♀️Escorted to and from campus
🔑 Doors open a day early, at 16:00 on Sunday 13th July 2025

The residential programme is a great way to make friends and see some of London's top sights. In the evenings, you will eat out at one of your favourite restaurants; Honest Burgers, Wagamama, The Real Greek & Zizzi.
 

Achieve Your Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award 🏆

As an approved Duke of Edinburgh activity provider, the Mission Discovery summer school residential package ticks all the boxes of your Gold residential.

Have fun, boost your confidence and get a taste of student life.




What participants say about the programme 💭

Matthew, 17, St Olaves Grammar School

Grazia, 17, Hawthorn High School



Mission Discovery
Residential

13th - 18th July 2025

 

Mission Discovery
Day Only

14th - 18th July 2025

 

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Oliver, 15
An exciting opportunity to collaborate with some of the most intelligent people I have ever met

My favourite part was working with my team to come up with ideas for our experiment. I met a variety of unique and wonderful people. I was inspired because this experience has shown there is a future in STEM and there are still things to be discovered.

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Vlad, 15
It was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of awesome people!

It was a great experience and I got to meet a lot of awesome people! I wish I could have spent more time with everyone.

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Daisy, 16
Most unbelievable experience of a lifetime, making forever lasting friends!

I feel so inspired to go on with my dreams. I feel it has made such an impact on my life and future career path.

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Paula, 15
It gave me an opportunity to get to know myself and gain confidence

It was an amazing experience that allowed me to interact with people my age from all over the world interested in science.

My favourite part was definitely the chance to talk with so many different people and make meaningful connections with your teammates and roommates.

I gained insight in many new developing ideas while researching for the experiment proposal and gained confidence in myself to talk to other people and present in front of a crowd.

I believe that this has given me an opportunity get to know myself and gain confidence when meeting other people because nobody knew anybody.

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Tara, 17
An amazing experience :))

It helped me learn a lot about not only space and science, but also a lot about myself and others.

I feel more confident in myself as it forced me to work on my social skills for every workshop, but even during the evenings at the accommodation. The opportunity to work on projects at a higher academic level will be very useful for when we go to university.