The Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Probe, a project supervised in terms of design, manufacturing and launch by the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), has announced the launch of its Teachers Ambassador Program that will enable and equip participating teachers with the knowledge and material required to educate the next generations of engineers and scientists of the UAE in space science, to build a new generation that meets the UAE’s requirements in the field, in addition to creating a dynamic community for teachers to represent their schools in EMM educational initiatives.
The program also aims at launching collaboration initiatives between the Emirates Mars Mission on one hand, and the various educational institutes in the country on the other, with the goal of reviewing curricula in schools and launching new programs that utilize enhanced teaching methods and tools; in order to prepare UAE students for this dynamic sector that will affect all aspects of this regions economy.
The program will also organize workshops for the teachers and introduce space camps. This new announcement for the UAE teaching community came during an introductory day on the program, held at the Planetarium at the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences in University City in Sharjah. The day was attended by a large number of teachers from various schools in the UAE.
The introductory day included an overview of the Emirates Mars Mission presented by Omran Sharaf, Emirates Mars Mission Project Manager at MBRSC, who outlined the main goals of the program in terms of obtaining a deeper understanding of Mars’ atmosphere. Sharaf also introduced attending teachers to the scientific goals of the project, followed by introductory notes on the Teachers Ambassador Program presented by Noora Abdulla Al Rafi, Strategic Planning Team, Emirates Mars Mission. Teachers were invited to participate as ambassadors and gain access to the program, allowing schools to be a platform for support of the space sector in the UAE. Attending teachers also received a presentation in the planetarium and a scientific tour on the existing educational stations.
Commenting on this, Sharaf said: “The launch of the new program is in line with our mission to educate the new generation on space science, in preparation to unleash their full potential in this field in the future. This latest program represents yet another opportunity for the UAE community to gain access to and participate in the space programs, this time from the teaching perspective. We are fully aware of the leading role played by teachers in encouraging students to follow new domains and fields, as well as creating a nurturing environment for student innovation, creativity and aspiration. Therefore, we consider each participating teacher in the program to be an Ambassador in their respective schools, and a major contributor in educating and informing students on the future goals and present golden opportunities of being a part of this ground breaking mission, the Emirates Mars Mission.”
Sharaf added: “This initiative is the first step of our collaboration plans with the various educational figures and institutes in the UAE. We will spare no effort in building strong cooperation and transferring the knowledge we have in a manner that would serve the purpose of building future generations of engineers and scientists to meet the UAE’s demand in the field of space science. In doing so, we are hoping to be in line with the directions and guidance graciously extended by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, whose aim it is that the UAE join major countries in the field of space science by the year 2021. This also is in line with the National Innovation Strategy, whose objective it is to develop the space sector as one of the newest sectors in the national economy.”
Sharaf concluded: “The Emirates Mars Mission would like to thank the different entities that supported us in organizing this day, particularly Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences.”