RIYADH: The Saudi Space Commission opened registration for the second “Go to Space” virtual training camp on Saturday. Registration will remain open until August 6.
The commission runs the camp in conjunction with Teaching Science and Technology, Inc. The program aims to increase students’ expertise in space-related science topics by increasing awareness, knowledge, and curiosity.
“Go to Space” is aimed at third-year middle school students as well as high school students.
Advances in the natural sciences and related disciplines of medical research, technology and engineering have helped mankind in many ways.
Faisal Al-Ahmari MemberSaudi Council of Engineers
Admission to the camp requires the candidate to be a Saudi national currently enrolled in the third middle or high school level, where he/she will focus on the natural science course for the second and third years of high school, as well as the master’s degree in speak and write in English and pass the camp entrance exam.
The camp will take place from August 14 to 18 and will contain two parallel components: The first, “Space exploration: an introduction to space sciences”, is intended for students in third intermediate and first secondary.
The second track, “Space reconnaissance: an introduction to astronautics and space systems”, is intended for students in the second and third years of the “Scientific” specialization in natural sciences.
The registration link is https://s.ssc.gov.sa/787
“The purpose of this stage is to increase scientific knowledge and the importance of specializing in space science and technology. It also identifies and highlights its importance in order to inspire and encourage future generations,” according to the commission’s statement.
The goal of the camp is to broaden students’ understanding and enthusiasm for space science and technology, as well as inspire them to pursue careers in the space industry.
Through training sessions led by space science professionals, the program provides a hands-on learning experience.
The Saudi Space Commission launched the first edition of the “Go to Space” summer training camp in July 2021 with the aim of qualifying high school students in space science and technology in 14 days. The camp included courses and applied projects to prepare astronauts and engineers for the future and attract talent to join various space applications through dedicated training programs.
The natural sciences, according to Faisal Al-Ahmari, a member of the Saudi Council of Engineers, study the living and non-living parts of the natural world through experience, observation and inference. The main objectives of this vast area of research are to expand scientific knowledge and develop a better understanding of how the universe works.
“Through space exploration, we can validate or refute scientific theories developed on Earth,” Al-Ahmari told Arab News. “Our understanding of the solar system, for example, has helped us better understand phenomena such as gravity, the magnetosphere, the atmosphere, fluid dynamics and the geological evolution of planets.”
“The natural sciences help to understand, interpret and establish laws and theories in many fields such as space sciences and astronomy, and it is difficult without them to innovate tools, equipment and systems that help to grow and progress in many areas,” he said.
“Advances in the natural sciences and related disciplines of medical research, technology and engineering have helped mankind in many ways,” he said. “The natural sciences are the cornerstone of the knowledge needed to drive the technical advances that will continue to support the global economy.”
Al-Ahmari said that a boot camp such as “Go to Space” allowed participants to develop solid and soft skills such as critical and innovative thinking, team building and constructive collaboration, as well as programming and rhetorical skills.
He said attendees would be made aware of the importance of space science and its relationship to other natural sciences, and how this could be harnessed to serve humans and society.