Dubai: The Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) has unveiled its latest educational outreach initiative, the Space Science Education Programme, aimed at fostering collaborations with schools across the Emirates of the UAE. The program seeks to expand students’ comprehension and appreciation of space science, encouraging a new generation of space enthusiasts within the UAE’s student community.
Kicking off with the ‘Microorganism in Space’ workshop, a part of the second mission of the UAE Astronaut Programme (UAEAP) featuring Sultan AlNeyadi, the initiative provides students with an exciting exploration of microorganisms in space. This hands-on workshop enables participants to witness firsthand how minute life forms behave differently in the unique environment of space, sparking their interest in the emerging field of space biology. To enhance the learning experience, MBRSC equips students and teachers with space kits, allowing them to practically engage with and comprehend the concept.
Mr. Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, MBRSC: “Empowering the youth with knowledge and encouraging their interest in the sciences have been an integral part of our mission at MBRSC. Through the Space Science Education Programme, we are not only igniting the spark of curiosity but also laying the foundation for the next generation of scientists, engineers, and astronauts in our nation. We will continue to reiterate our commitment to nurturing a culture of scientific discovery and technological innovation in the UAE.”
The Space Science Education Program covers a wide range of space and scientific topics, offering students a captivating glimpse into space exploration and research. Students delve into biology in space, gaining insights into how living organisms, including humans, adapt to the distinctive conditions of space. They also explore the effects of microgravity on biological functions and learn about the challenges and breakthroughs associated with sustaining life in space.
Moreover, the program acquaints students with MBRSC’s ambitious projects that have played a pivotal role in the UAE’s space exploration journey. Students learn about the objectives of these missions, astronaut training, scientific experiments conducted, and the overall experience of living and working in microgravity. The initiative also sheds light on Sultan AlNeyadi’s ongoing mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), providing students with a comprehensive understanding of his science experiments and introducing them to the ISS itself.
Funded by the ICT Fund of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), the UAE Astronaut Programme is part of the UAE’s National Space Programme. It aims to promote the country’s integration on the global stage and support research and development in the ICT sector in the UAE.
The Space Science Education Program is poised to ignite curiosity and passion for space science among UAE students, inspiring them to embark on remarkable journeys of exploration and discovery. By nurturing their interest in this fascinating field, MBRSC hopes to create a future generation of space enthusiasts and professionals who will contribute to the advancement of space exploration and research.