Carol Vorderman's pride as daughter Katie graduates from Cambridge

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Carol Vorderman has spoken of her happiness that her daughter Katie recently gained a science degree from Cambridge University – 34 years after the star studied engineering at the prestigious institution. "I'm so proud. We’re one of the very few mother and daughter duos who've done science and engineering at Cambridge," the former Countdown presenter said.

Katie's father is Carol's ex-husband Patrick King. During the marriage between 1990 and 2000 the couple also had a son called Cameron who is now 18.

Their 23-year-old daughter will follow her success at Cambridge with a summer internship at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in the US before starting a PhD in physics and chemistry at Imperial College, London.

The maths whizz told MailOnline: "She’s way beyond me now! I've always encouraged her to pursue sciences. But she’s doing it because she loves it."

As well as encouraging more women into science, the unstoppable presenter wants to improve the standard of maths teaching for children through her Maths Factor project. It helps parents and children through online tutorials, some of them video classes given by the star herself.

Many of her followers on Twitter have commented on how helpful the project has been for their children.

Carol's next challenge is a round the world solo flight hopefully in 2016, following legendary aviator Amelia Earhart's route. She is training to become a qualified pilot, taking a series of difficult exams.

The 54-year-old is encouraged that many more women are taking to the skies after seeing her example.

"It's about making it mainstream. When I did my first solo flight, I was the first person to do it live on television, and suddenly there was a plethora of women booking lessons, saying, 'I've never thought about that, I thought men did that!'"

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