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/
Science Days will facilitate access to training and internship opportunities at Vaya Space Brazil
An event that seeks to inspire the next generation of space explorers. A company that proposes a disruptive way to meet the demand for small satellite launchers. Separately, the Michaelis Foundation and Vaya Space were already working towards the passion for the scientific world, but now together, they are even stronger.
The beginning of a new era. This is how the leader of the advances in Vaya's activities in Latin America, Darcton Damião, described the partnership with Science Days. He pointed out that "the aerospace industry is no longer the exclusive domain of robust government space programs, born in the Cold War period, to become something within the reach of all those who meet a much simpler requirement than obtaining a restricted access badge".
In an unprecedented educational partnership, the proposal for collaboration between the institutions will provide internship opportunities for young people in the near future along with continuous opportunities for engagement in the aerospace sector. Darcton explained that by contributing to a project focused on stimulating the growing desire for continuous learning, "Vaya Space is, in effect, sowing the seeds that guarantee the future of the industry in which it operates and intends to lead one day".
A great learning process. Through his “unique” experience – as he characterized the opportunity to be part of the team working in the first orbital launch to be carried out in Brazil – Darcton seeks to inspire Science Days participants, alongside other professionals in the field. “As an educator, I intend to encourage them with concrete examples of how the aerospace sector constitutes what is currently the most attractive frontier of scientific knowledge”, he explained.
“We had been waiting for a moment like this since the beginning of the expansion of Science Days in Brazil. Now, we get to witness the realization of this long awaited dream: in addition to having the participation in all Science Days of brilliant minds of scientists, researchers, engineers and professionals from various space agencies, we will also be pioneers bringing to Brazil training opportunities and potential space careers in this incredible area we call the “New Space”. – Jefferson Michaelis
During Science Days, students will be able to interact with Darcton and other mentors in the space area through lectures and other activities. For more information about Science Days, please visit: http://www.ScienceDays.org
Special thanks to Vaya Space (https://www.vayaspace.com ) for its special dedication to our project.
Luma Keily – International Correspondent
The Michaelis Foundation for Global Education is proud to announce its new collaboration with CD-SEAS, located in Marion County, Florida.
The two organizations are collaborating in the development of new space endeavors.
Jonna Ocampo, founder and Principal Investigator of CD-SEAS Mission Microgravity, biomedical research in Organic Chemistry, Crew Member for NASA’s Human Exploration Research Analog (HERA) for Campaign 3 and Mission 4, will join Science Days and Science Days Challenge initiatives of the Foundation, with the aim of promoting STEM/Space educational and research undertakings.
CD-SEAS, Compound Derivatives Series - Synthesis & Evaluation of Antimicrobials in Space was formed as a biomedical research company.
Latest Research Progression:
1. Current creation of a new antibiotic with antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anti-tumor properties.
2. New biotechnology creation for short and long-term space travel and use in remote areas on Earth.
Michaelis foundation and EPIC Education Foundation working together to provide students and educators an innovative educational ecosystem
Partnership will act as a bridge for students to study abroad
A common purpose: to lower the barriers that prevent Brazilian students from achieving quality education. Together with BRASA (the largest association of Brazilian students abroad) the Michaelis Foundation will provide the possibility for students to participate in scholarship opportunities for international institutions.
The cost of a flight ticket, the tuition fee and the price and area for accommodation. These are just some of the factors that those looking for a teaching opportunity outside the country need to take into consideration. Despite winning significant scholarships for large universities, young people are often unable to continue enrollment due to lack of financial resources, giving up the dream of studying abroad.
With more than 9000 members, in two years BRASA has aided 12 students, who had the chance, regardless of their family income, to pursue their academic life in colleges in the United States and Europe - subsequently starting a professional career in these countries. Through the Global Thinking Initiative, the expectation is that the project will receive more than 1000 entries, inspiring more young Brazilians to seek new bilingual learning paths.
Always focusing on the philosophy of “looking out for one another” - the basis of the global thinking mentality developed jointly by the two organizations through the initiative - students will be able, in addition to signing up for the BRASA program, to help other university students who also aspire to study abroad. The contribution to BRASA´s SCHOLARSHIPS will be made through the donation of any amount of money.
“The first step in changing the world is to learn to deconstruct limits, not dreams. After all, in order to transform our reality, we must first dream. ”- Jefferson Michaelis, director of the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education
To subscribe to BRASA´s scholarship program please visit: https://www.bolsas.gobrasa.org/. BRASA´s scholarships can be a resource for students going to study abroad (who have already been accepted to at least one university) or who are already studying abroad (and who graduate after December 2021). Note: only Brazilians can apply to the program.
The Global Thinking initiative is also supported by Editora Melhoramentos.
- Luma Keily
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