‘Space education for the future…’
The Space Club is an educative program established by the KSA Education and Outreach department. It involves interactive scientific activities, competitions and learning sessions with students from various schools around the country with the aim of educating the next generation on GEO-STEAM (Geography, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and the significance of these subjects in supporting the space industry.
The aim of the club is to stimulate the minds of young scientists through exhilarating scientific engagements that will lead them into space exploration for the sustainable development of their country and the progression of humanity in the universe.
Our team currently focuses on four categories of learning including Space Science and Astronomy, Space Systems Engineering, Information Technology and Earth Observation. Content for children and youth has been developed by professionals in these disciplines to inspire, motivate and educate tomorrows scientists on their place in the space ecosystem.
Additionally, the program gives students an opportunity to interact with equipment used in the space industry such as telescopes, cube satellite prototypes, space craft models, geographic images obtained through space technology and space science educational applications such as the portable Planetarium. It also seeks to address Sustainable Development Goals such as ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The Space Club team hosts webinars, talks, shows, learning sessions, camps, competitions and fairs for children and youth around the country and will soon be available to students in their various learning institutions.
Space Club Mentorship program
Are you a student in primary school interested in Space? The agency is now hosting a mentorship program for students such as yourself at the KSA headquarters ( google maps location ) The Space Club team will help you understand some important things about space and the different fields and careers that you could pursue. The mentorship day is held on the last Saturday of every month for 15 students.
Here, students get to learn about the four space club teams and the different things they do in space. Some of the interesting things you can learn about are rockets, robots, dwarf planets and how we collect images of the earth from space.
The day’s activities run from 8:45am to 12:45pm. You can apply to participate in a mentorship day by filling in the application form using this link.
GLOBE PROGRAM (KENYA)
The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE supports students, teachers, and scientists in collaborations using inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the earth system.
GLOBE currently works in close partnership with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and National Science Foundation (NSF) in studies and research about the dynamics of Earth's environment.
Announced in 1994, GLOBE began operations on Earth Day 1995. Today, the international GLOBE network has grown to include representatives from 122 participating countries and 136 U.S. partners coordinating GLOBE activities that are integrated into their local and regional communities. There are more than 35,000 GLOBE-trained teachers working in over 34,000 schools around the world. To date, GLOBE students have contributed more than 165 million measurements to the GLOBE database for use in their inquiry-based science projects.
In 2003, NASA and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) entered into a cooperative agreement for operation and management of the GLOBE Program and this is still in effect. UCAR is in-charge of the operations of the GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) and is based in Boulder, Colorado in the United States.
Country participation in GLOBE is through government-to-government agreements. The involvement of US embassies helps sustain program support. The GLOBE program comprises of two main program elements: common program elements which are funded by the US Government through NASA and individual country provided program elements funded by the host country.
For more details on the GLOBE Program, kindly visit the GLOBE Website on this link. In addition, more information on the GLOBE Program and its implementation in Kenya can be found on the links below;
- Educational elements of the GLOBE Program
- GLOBE Protocols
- Benefits of GLOBE Program
- Implementation of GLOBE Program in Kenya