The National Space Science Agency organized a series of workshops at the ‘Gifted Students Center’ – Ministry of Education, firstly in October 2019 presented by Mr. Ebrahim Al Burshaid, and then in 2020 presented by Ms. Shaima Almeer, as part of NSSA’s community and outreach program.
The purpose of the held workshops is primarily to inform and inspire curiosity among the children and youth and stoke interest in exploring the universe starting with where they are as learners who appreciate, enjoy and commit to the stepping stone to space.
Ms. Shaima presented NSSA first lecture on 8th January 2020, titled “Robotics” and the second lecture on 9th of January 2020, titled “Welcome to Outer Space”, where educational booklets were distributed and simple projects were jointly completed with students (such as building satellite models) to enhance their understanding and to break down some of the major concepts in space science and applications and to awaken space consciousness among young students”.
Dr. Mohamed Al Aseeri, NSSA CEO commented “Our main goal through community and outreach programs is exposing the nation to or educating them about the latest trends in space science, technologies and applications, discoveries and exploration activities.”
Ms. Shaima added “Community Initiatives vary depending on the targeted audience and many factors are considered such as age group and level of knowledge. During the workshops held at the Gifted Students Center, we ensured a dynamic interaction approach and further explained space-related concepts in the form of student projects.”
NSSA will be completing many community initiatives in 2020 and 2021, as a tender is going out soon for concept design, planning and execution of NSSA community initiatives and outreach programs for children and youth, designed to increase public awareness of the space industry, strengthen public support for space science technology and applications, build NSSA brand identity, and the services it provides, promote innovation and research in space science and applications and finally attract and prepare national citizens to become pioneers in the field of space science.
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