Emiratis at NASA continue week-long training

by Staff Reporter | July 10th, 2012

The director general of the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT), Dr Abdul Latif Al Shamsi, made an inspectional visit to the training camp at Nasa in Houston where 25 Emirati students are undergoing intensive training in space technology. Al Shamsi was accompanied by Eng. Abdul Rahman Al Hammadi, director of services and support at the Abu Dhabi Education Council.

The trip was organised by Space Ed-Ventures, which runs international-based technology and science courses for students

The Emirati students from the Institute of Applied Technology (IAT) were sent to Nasa to undergo a week-long training at Space Centre in Houston. The trip was organised by Space Ed-Ventures, which runs international-based technology and science courses for students.

The students are given training in various space technology areas and machines including the robotic Mars Rovers, which retrieve rock samples from the planet.

They will also receive training as astronauts and hear tales from space first-hand from mission-control personnel and Nasa astronauts. Finally, they will have to give a presentation that will be evaluated by their peers and by the Space Centre Houston administration for presentation style and content knowledge. Al Shamsi asked the students to concentrate well on their lessons so that they can benefit from the training.

Meanwhile, Hussain Al Ansari, CEO of Space Ed-Ventures, said, “It is so important to build on what students learn in school.” The selected students aged 12-18 underwent a special selection process. Out of 128, only 25 students were selected based on merit and their fluency in English.

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