A British astronaut was turned into a comic book superhero to encourage kids to be interested in science.
Tim Peake, the first British astronaut to walk in space, has been renamed Orbital in the new comic called STEM Squad, which highlights the work of prominent people in science, technology, engineering and math.
He said, “I am so excited to have been invited to join the STEM Squad. I’ve always loved superheroes, but I never thought that one day I could become one, let alone Orbital, to help defeat elemental climate change monsters. “
Mr. Peake achieved a formidable public profile with his flight to the International Space Station in 2015.
The 49-year-old from Chichester stars in the comic book developed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology together with programming entrepreneur June Angelides, engineer Shrouk El-Attar and bionics educator James Young, who is double-amputated.
“My fascination with science and technology began during my school days and I’m passionate about getting more young people to share my love for STEM,” said Mr. Peake.
Comic artists Andy Lanning and Ant Williams, who worked on comics such as Captain America and The Hulk, were brought in to bring the project to life.
Mr. Peake said, “Future generations will face all kinds of heroic challenges, from climate change to establishing human colonies on Mars.
“There really is a whole world of possibilities for you to explore and STEM will be with you every step of the way.”
The project comes after research by the IET found that most cartoon characters like Peter Parker, Tony Stark, and Bruce Banner failed to realize they were scientists or engineers.
The IET has also launched a competition where kids can design their own superhero gadget.
The winner will create a prototype of their gadget and have it inserted into the comic strip.
A Mr. Peake children’s novel entitled Swarm Rising will be released on September 30th.
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