Space Awareness

Dear readers, I send you my best wishes.

I am the Turkish co-operator of Apollo 21 project, Selçuk Arslan.

I want to share you some information about the career opportunities of space area. Have a nice reading!

We are predicting that most of the known occupations won’t exist in near future. Because of that for the future we can count space as one of the popular working areas.

In the space week we made a study in the school. We presented the space area occupations to the students. There were many interesting occupations like Space Weather Scientists, Astrobiologist, Ground Segment Engineers, Aerospace Engineers, Space Writers, Astronaut Costume Designers, and Space Educators. After we gave some information about these occupations we made a voting in the school. We asked the most interesting 3 occupations to the students.

We invited Ms. Arzu DONAT who is career specialist in space industry to introduce the occupations that were determined after the voting. She made a presentation about the occupations that the students found interesting. After the presentation, she answered the students’ questions. It was a different activity for the students who exhausted from the intense school subjects. We gave the name of “Space Girls” to this work. We chose that name because our school is a girls’ vocational school.

We send this project, which we carry out with our school’ internal resources, to Space Awareness Competition. This project won the runner-up price in the global category. “Excellent Space Science School” badge was send to our school. I hope this project will become an example for the other schools for the aim of to show the career opportunities of space area. As teachers we must prepare our students to the future and by doing that we mustn’t ignore new trends in life.


CanSat es un proyecto educativo que busca enseñar las disciplinas CTIM utilizando el espacio como contexto. El reto es simple: ¿puedes construir un satélite que quepa en una lata de refresco? Si te gustan los desafíos, no lo dudes. Forma un equipo de cuatro a seis miembros, busca un profesor tan motivado como tú y ¡en marcha!

Apolo XXI ha presentado su proyecto para participar en este interesante evento. Esperamos ansiosos la resolución, pero, pase lo que pase, seguiremos intentándolo.

Internal mechanisms of a CanSat. Credit: LEEM

CanSat is an educational project that seeks to teach STEM disciplines using space as context. The challenge is simple: can you build a satellite that fits in a soda can? If you like challenges, do not hesitate. Form a team of four to six members, look for a teacher as motivated as you are and on the go!

Apollo 21 has presented its project to participate in this interesting event. We are looking forward to the resolution, but, whatever happens, we will keep trying.

Proyectos de los estudiantes/Projects of the students

Este es el primer vídeo recopilatorio a partir del material que hemos recogido.

Algunos alumnos explican en qué consisten sus proyectos STEM-STE(A)M.

Los alumnos dan soluciones creativas, desarrollando un producto y utilizando la metodología de ABP.

This is the first compilation video from the material we have collected.

Some students explain what their STEM-STE(A)M projects consist.

The students give creative solutions, developing a product and using the PBL methodology.

Estudiantes mostrando sus proyectos/Students showing their projects

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Diversity in STEM Competition

Desde Apollo 21 Mission, comenzamos la tarea de participar en el evento Diversity in STEM Competition, organizado por STEMAlliance  con el objetivo de fomentar la enseñanza STEM entre profesores de Primaria y Secundaria, buscando proyectos inclusivos e innovadoras, a la vez que pretende ser un punto de colaboración entre educadores, gobiernos, industria y organizaciones no lucrativas.