Health apps are developed by elementary school students
A probe launched towards the asteroid Bennu in order to collect a sample of the asteroid and bring it to Earth. NASA's mission, OSIRES-Rex, started in 2016 and, after two years on the way to the asteroid and two more years in search of the best place for collection, the probe starts its return to Earth with the sample. "If all goes well and the probe can return, it will be the first time that we will have a pure sample of an asteroid to analyze", said the coordinator of the project The Asteroid Mission in Brazil, José Carlos Filho.
Straight from the Kennedy Space Center launch base, and through the “International Journey of Science and Technology” program, a group of students had the opportunity to follow the launch of the rocket that took the probe to Bennu. It was then that a new project came to life: the educational program The Asteroid Mission. Inspired by NASA's “OSIRES-REx” mission, the initiative encourages young people aged eight to fourteen to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education.
For eight hours in a two-day program, students learn about the history of space exploration and the characteristics of NASA's mission, which seeks to answer, through the analysis of Bennu's chemical composition, questions such as “what is the origin of the universe? ”. "This is an incredible project that has inspired dozens of young people to follow space," said Jefferson Michaelis, co-founder of Science Days USA and founder of the Michaelis Foundation, a partner in the project. The probe is expected to return to Earth in 2023, creating a new era.
- Luma Keily
On Monday (2), the results of the winners of the Science Days Challenge were released. On the podium, only the first three placed in the following categories: elementary school 1, elementary school 2 and high school. However, the reality is different: we have 37 winning teams.
In the reality of social isolation, maintaining focus and determination was the greatest challenge. Despite the insecurities generated by the pandemic situation, hundreds of participants of the Science Days Challenge turned to collective well-being, with the proposal to build a better world. With a common goal, students and teachers came together to bring innovative ideas to life, each one with its own special characteristics.
In recognition of this altruistic act and the commitment of all groups to finish their projects and deliver all the materials within the time determined by the event, in 2021 all teams will be awarded at Science Days global event. With the right to special award and being called on stage, every student will be honored, regardless of whether they were among the top three in the SDC categories or not. “You are all winners”, said SDUSA president Mike Lester, referring to the event´s participants. Under Lester´s management and the active support of KSCIA, in 2021 SDC will have the participation of several schools around the world.
The special acknowledgement of the Most Inspirational Project, Best Presentation Award, SDC Double Award and Global Positive Impact Award will take place later this month.
On Behalf of our Science Days Challenge team, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to KSCIA International Space Academy. We are deeply grateful for your huge contribution to our Project. With your help, we can continue to inspire children to aim for the stars!
Photography by Vinicius Fantuchi
- Luma Keily
In times of social isolation, teams need to reinvent themselves
A challenging scenario. Participating in a team competition, without personal contact, seems like an impossible mission. However, for supervisor Guilherme Tumolo, the challenge was accepted immediately, and the situation was seen as an opportunity to develop critical thinking in his students through robotics. “I teach them that they should absorb, think, reflect everything they hear and see so that they can build their own knowledge based on the exposure of everything they experience,” he said.
A team with the highest organization prize at the Brazil Robotics Tournament in the Paraíba Valley. Another, with the recognition in Minas de Gerais as the third best in the country in robotics. Encouraged by the professor, the Electron and High Voltage teams did not let discouragement hinder the search for a new award, this time, in the Science Days Challenge. Proudly, the mentor stated that "what I can highlight is much more than awards received, as they are the result of the competence, persistence, determination and willingness of children to do more and better".
Inclusion, accessibility, and sustainability. In order to make a difference in people's lives, the groups came together to develop sustainable projects with the help of technology, in addition to thinking about the production of a small pre-programmed car, moved by rails, to facilitate the urban mobility of disabled people . For Guilherme, being part of these projects with his students is a fulfilling experience. He pointed out that "the construction of this knowledge with the challenge of working with children in new areas is wonderful and certainly builds a bright future for them".
- Luma Keily
Teacher makes use of literature to communicate with students
Looking at each other in order to contribute to social well-being. This is the proposal of the Science Days Challenge, which encourages students to think of creative ideas to solve problems in their community. Among the 198 teachers on board the project, student Joaquim Santana believes that teacher Dinalva Nolacio is the best. “She is a dedicated and considered person, who cares about her students!”, he said.
Poetry as a universal language. To raise the children´s parent´s awareness of the importance of healthy eating and physical exercise to combat childhood obesity, advisor Dinalva and the Young Apprentice 1 and 2 teams came together to produce two poems.
Inspired by the text by Carlos Drummond de Andrade, ‘E agora, José?” (What now, José?), the students analyzed social issues that intrigues them in order to find an answer to the problems that surround them. This way, the poems they produced are complementary: while one presents the problem of obesity, the other brings solutions to the same issue. The pedagogue affirmed that “If it reaches one person, and the message is valid, it is worth it. A life is being reached”.
The mentor seeks to show her students that they are protagonists of their own story. She proudly pointed out that “they have already gained the experience of contributing with other people, of working as a team to transmit clear and objective communication to the whole world”. The teacher also added that she is grateful to be able to participate in this project with her class: “for me, this profession is priceless, it only has value”.
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