Mike Conroy, with the Florida Space Institute (FSI), joined the Michaelis Foundation for Global Education to bring STEM/STEAM inspiration to Brazilian students and families.
Science Days included the soft opening at the Sorocaba Engineering School, (FACENS), in Sorocaba, a visit to a local High School, a 2-day event in Rio de Janeiro and six more Science Days throughout Brazil.
The FACENS trip enabled talks with university leadership (Dean, International Relations, Research), faculty (predominantly Engineering) and students while the “soft” opening included over 1,000 students from area middle and high schools. FACENS expressed desires to: partner with UCF, exchange students, exchange projects, team on projects and host guest lectures. An evening lecture on complex design drew over 200 attendees. Interest exists in FSI’s Senior Design approach with a desire to have FACENS student teams work on FSI projects as well as to replicate the program at FACENS.
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