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CLIP 14137

How Maggie Aderin-Pocock became a Space Scientist

How Maggie Aderin-Pocock became a Space Scientist
Key Info
  • How Maggie Aderin-Pocock became a Space Scientist
  • Duration: 02:40
  • Space Scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock explains why being different is no barrier to success if you’re passionate about something – you just need to listen to what you love.As a child Maggie was dyslexic, so found reading and writing in school difficult. Nonetheless, it was a book that changed her life. On its cover was an astronaut. As soon as little Maggie saw that picture of a man floating without gravity in his amazing suit, she craved more information about space.Driven by a desire to understand how the universe worked, she studied science - and went on to make new discoveries about space all her own. The little girl who stared at the stars turned her obsession into a rewarding career.Maggie worked hard to overcome stereotypes by staying true to her goal. Despite not fitting the common image of a 'serious white male scientist', she made it - and her message to others is simple: "Believe in yourself, and you can achieve so much."First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in September 2012 as part of the programme 'Spark'.
  • Subject:



    Careers and jobs

  • Keywords: inspiration, career, motivation, job, profession, work, living, passion, ideas, dreams, ambitions, creative, entrepreneur, leaders, creators, inventors, personal, design, technology, talent, achievement, space, science, change, dyslexia, SparkCareers
Ideas for use in class
  • Pre-task: Ask the children to draw a picture of a scientist (do they draw a white male in a lab coat?) Then compare and contrast to Maggie once the clip has been watched. Discuss: Why is it important to challenge a stereotypical view of people who undertake different jobs and careers? (Follow on task could be to draw a picture of a nurse, doctor, builder, bully etc.) Maggie mentions two different routes into science - what are they and how do they differ? Discuss: What is university and what does it mean to be an apprentice? Activity: Teachers could provide examples of amazing scientific discoveries such as penicillin or cloud seeding in Beijing for the 2008 Olympics. Maggie talks about researching climate change. Discuss: What other issues could science seek to solve? This is part of a series of films profiling inspirational people and their personal 'sparks' – when they decided what they wanted to do in their lives.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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