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What an amazing week!
The Astronauts Memorial Foundation hosted the 2023 Space Conference for Educators at the Center for Space Education. Educators from all over the world attended this three day conference.
The event aims to serve teachers from across the nation by providing professional development opportunities, and high-quality STEM instructional resources. Attending educators spend three days at The Center for Space Education developing curriculum and forming relationships. Educators will be given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be immersed in the operations of Kennedy Space Center.
This year, the event included Educators talking with Astronaut, Sultan al Neyadi, who was aboard the International Space Station.
It was an incredible gathering of educators, innovators, and Space leaders, fostering our global community committed to STEM, Space Education and ScienceDays.
So excited to support and meet all the fabulous educators out attending the Space Conference. It was a pleasure meeting so many dedicated educators from around the country and the world! said Carla Michaelis.
So wonderful to connect and engage with everyone to inspire all our kiddos! commented Melinda B., Founding Board Member at Aviation Youth Mentoring Program.
According to the educator Ivonne Catherine the conference was a wonderful opportunity to learn new skills, connect with other educators and learn about new technologies we can incorporate in the classroom.
Space inspires citizens in every country to be creative and collaborate, and with new amazing opportunities available in the space exploration field, representatives from seven different space companies, including SES Satellites from Luxemburg actively participated and supported Science Days 2023.
During the 7th edition of Science Days, Dr. Gary Cannady, the U.S. representative for the One Voice 4 Change spoke about the new alliance with The Michaelis Foundation and future of CubeSats, and the need for countries to work together in space.
"One of the defining characteristics of the modern STEM and Space age is the way that more nations are taking part like never before, said Jeff Michaelis, space educator with the Michaelis Foundation".
Space exploration is no longer a battle to prove which country is the best, and the citizens of the United States can expect even more international cooperation as NASA prepares to return to the moon on its way to Mars.
Working with other friendly nations is how we will succeed, Jose Carlos "JC" KSCIA country manager said during the event.
The students, educators and space enthusiasts who attended Science Days expressed their desire and commitment to international cooperation, and to finding new ways to collaborate even more in the near future.
As more countries expand their space activities, strong international cooperation and collaboration is imperative, according to space leaders from around the globe who presented at Science Days.
"We are already seeing the positive impact and the development of more international collaboration coming from Science Days' initiative," said Astronaut Marcos Pontes.
About Science Days:
Science Days is the largest U.S. STEM & Space event outside of the United States. An initiative led by The Michaelis Foundation.
An unprecedented achievement in the history of The Michaelis Foundation
In collaboration with the Science Days' global partners, in addition to the two-day event – full of activities that include hands on workshops, STEM presentations, and the STEM & Space themed Expo – the biggest U.S. traveling STEM & Space fair in Brazil will feature for the second year an additional day, reserved for people interested in meeting aerospace professionals, getting insights, networking with other peers, brainstorming about the future of the aerospace industry and in STEM global opportunities. The Science Days Space Symposium is providing unique opportunities for U.S. entities to showcase its innovations, products and services in Latin America.
The II Science Days Space Symposium will be held on March 19, 2023 and promises to be an important venue on the prospects of the future of the New Space and its new global opportunities.
This week, The Michaelis Foundation in collaboration with the KSCIA International Space Academy had the honor to have a very special Space Expert meeting with STEM students.
Dr. Stutte was able to present how, in order for us to become a space-faring species, the challenge of growing plants in space must be met--and how that vision can be used to meet the challenge of feeding a rapidly growing population facing climate change, limited resources, and increased demand.
High school students from Brazil (shown in image) who are participating in KSCIA International Academy's Journey to Mars program are sharing what they learned with Dr. Stutte. SyNRGE developed the "Plants in Space Education" curriculum with a grant from the Michaelis Foundation for International Education.
Special thanks to SyNRGE, LLC an official partner of The Michaelis Foundation & Science Days
Vaya Space, the emerging leader in sustainable space access, was recently recognized by the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education. for Vaya’s contributions to education and support for Science Days in both the United States and Brazil.
Representatives from the Michaelis Foundation traveled to Vaya Space’s new corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility to present the executive team with an award for their contributions in helping to inspire more than 67,000 students and educators worldwide.
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Unprecedented International Cooperation provides Space and STEM activities in Brazil
In order to popularize science, the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education took the largest American space and STEM themed itinerary fair in Brazil to the Vicintin Foundation, in Belo Horizonte. The event that took place on Monday (21) in partnership with the U.S Embassy Branch Office in Belo Horizonte, and reached more than 60 young students between 14 and 17 years old.
Hope was the word used by teenager Yasmin Azevedo (17), to describe what the experience gave her. For her, the opportunity to hear the testimonials shared by the speakers present at the event, was essential to generate a feeling of identification and representation. “I believe we all have a role in the universe, and I think they came here to show us that we can go wherever we´d want to be,” she affirmed.
The Honorable Mrs. Katherine Ordonez, Consul of the United States in Belo Horizonte recorded an inspirational message about this incredible experience:
The initiative took place after Science Days visited the cities of Sorocaba, São José dos Campos and Belo Horizonte, in its sixth edition of activities in Brazil. Dr. Kumar Krishen (former senior researcher at Johnson Space Center), Patricia Feingold (director of Maxar Technologies), Gabe Gabrielle (Formerly employed by AECOM under the Institutional Service - Contract as an Engineer II for Kennedy Space Center/NASA) and José Carlos Filho (country manager of KSCIA operations in Latin America) were just some of those invited to speak at the event, which was also attended by Jacob Grant from Troy University.
For student Isabelle Pimentel, this direct contact with professionals in the field opened the door to an important teaching-learning process. “It awakened in me this huge curiosity about space”, revealed the 15-year-old girl. The young woman also highlighted that the activity of sending a personalized postcard aboard Blue Origin's Rocket New Shepard was her favorite. “It's a brilliant idea and I'll have something special to remember it by” she announced, referring to the “Flown in Space” label that will be designated to those who participated in said activity.
Science Days is an international initiative by the Michaelis Foundation, with the goal of improving the Global educational system through hand-on activities that arouse the interest of new generations in science.
For more details on Science Days, visit @sciencedaysoficial.
Special thanks to Patricia Feingold with Maxar Technologies, Engineer Gabe Gabrielle Formerly employed by AECOM and Dr. Kumar Krishen, former Chief Technologist for Johnson Space Center (JSC).
The event also launched the 1st Space Symposium, which received representatives from more than 80 international companies, and became the main initiative in the STEAM & SPACE segment, offering connection with the biggest players in the market
Focusing on STEM and aerospace, the 6th edition of Science Days Brazil, had the strong support and partnership of the American Embassy and Consulates, and the Brazilian Space Agency, and received more than 8,700 students and education professionals.
The event also featured the inauguration of the first Space Symposium, with institutions linked to the areas of Aeronautical engineering/space, Biotech, Renewable energy, Agrobusiness and Smart Cities (AEBEAS)
AEB is present at the Michaelis Foundation Initiatives in Brazil
Science Popularization. It was with the common goal of inserting STEM and Space education in an interactive and creative way in the lives of countless students, that the Brazilian Space Agency joined forces with the Michaelis Foundation to develop a greater partnership. The international collaboration that started in 2018, and is growing ever since, will now provide particularly for the Science Days and Science Days Challenge participants a greater access to the New Space opportunities.
In a gesture of gratitude for the support, the Foundation gave life to the “AEB Globe Award”. The award is a tribute to the “Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment Program”, an initiative that was integrated in Brazil in 2015 after an agreement between the AEB and NASA.
The Brazilian Space Agency, within its activities that captivated values of fostering vocations and encouraging young people to follow careers related to space activities, is happy to join forces with the Michaelis Foundation and promote events of this nature, including now with a more specific award for those who stand out. We are sure that this type of opportunity can decisively influence young Brazilian values – Carlos Augusto Teixeira de Moura, President of the Brazilian Space Agency
Focusing on a major analytical work, the program encourages students to collect environmental data - following specific protocols - for use in academic work and scientific research. This way, the teams that perform a broad verification process when developing their projects, will receive the Science Days “AEB Globe Award”.
During the Science Days’ events, AEB will be present offering a series of lectures and joint activities. The lectures will bring information about the Globe Program, with the purpose of making students aware of the existence of Brazilian actions that aim to bring young people, of all ages and through educational programs, closer to the vast scientific universe.
“We are very excited about the expansion of our alliance between Brazil and the United States, we are confident that it reinforces our commitment to continue creating more access for students and educators and a path to the New Space area! Together, we are building a bridge that is allowing the new generation of space explorers to reach for the stars, offering tools and opportunities to fulfill their space dreams, despite any challenges that may come their way.” – Jefferson Michaelis
A common passion that brought together more than 80 students in a single virtual space meeting. Through the experiences of the vice president of Vaya Space in Latin America, Darcton Damião, high school students from different schools had the opportunity to learn about the space industry.
In a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) approach to learning, Space Talk promoted a debate about the New Space, the new revolution in the aerospace field. "We live in a unique time in history, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience this transformation as it happens", said Darcton, when analyzing the change that allowed small companies to have access to the field.
Science popularization. According to the professional's experiences throughout his career, Darcton stated that this is the great benefit that he evidenced with the origin of New Space. According to the mentor, the new generation of space explorers will have the opportunity to enter the sector in the near future, as a result of this “metamorphosis” of the area. He pointed out that “Brazil is in the top 5 of countries that have all the criteria for the use of satellites and launching systems.
At the end of the event, the organizations sponsoring the project - KSCIA International Space Academy, Michaelis Foundation of the United States and Facens - announced the plan for a face-to-face meeting in 2022, the Space Talk Experience. The event will address, in addition to space exploration, innovation in new technologies and the vast universe of natural sciences.
To learn more about Vaya Space, please access: https://www.vayaspace.com/
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