school meets space. Competition

Countdown to start for (virtual) space for students participating in the second edition of Space Dream, an event that brings the school world closer to the space sector by involving elementary, middle and high school students in a competition focusing on the exploration of stars and planets and about possible works related to the exploration of galaxies. The purpose of the event conceived by CTNA, National Aerospace Technological Cluster, with La Sapienza University in Rome is precisely to spread the space culture in Italian schools, to prepare today’s young people who dream of a future among the stars to orient themselves towards a course of study that is suitable for acquiring the right skills to become astronauts, engineers or space technicians.

The 2022 edition of Space Dream officially launches after May 15, the deadline for entering classes in the competition, and is full of news and important and qualified collaborations from the Italian space sector and beyond: for the first time, they will be able to that colleges also participate, while the bodies involved in the study of students’ papers and projects include ASI, CNR, INAF, INGV and Treccani Scuola, a qualified team that will collaborate with CTNA and La Sapienza.

“After the huge success of the first edition, we are launching again with new and interesting content to give students the opportunity to explore space issues and encourage girls to discover the many opportunities that this sector offers,” said the chairman of the National Aerospace Technology Cluster, Cristina Leone, who highlights the special attention that will be dedicated to all those who want to wear a space suit one day. In fact, CTNA dedicates a special focus to the astronauts of the future by appointing girls as team leaders for each class group participating in the competition, precisely to make a significant contribution to gender equality and encourage women to participate in scientific topics and occupations in space. .

But how does Space Dream really work? After the teacher has registered their class for the event (via the platform), students are invited to produce a project related to space culture that prepares real ‘missions’ on various topics specified by the commission. Divided into four categories based on the school year, the different classes present projects that will, for example, focus on the creation of educational posters on which to play and draw spatial themes, on the creation of inspiring totems about the future or on how they visually visualize the landing on Mars and make space commercials. Significant attendance is also expected this year, according to data from the first edition, which was attended by 17,300 students and 784 classes from across Italy.

“The regions that currently have the highest number of participants are Lazio, Piedmont and Abruzzo – explains CTNA President Cristina Leone – the reason why participation in Space Dream has also been extended to high school is the desire to bring young people, to the university, closer to aerospace issues and then take a specialized course of study. ”According to sector experts’ forecasts, the space world will create new jobs and at the same time new areas of study and research in the coming years. in advance for those sitting between desks today and who will one day be able to pilot a spaceship, explore new galaxies or plan to land on an unknown planet. “There are some innovative sectors to explore and many young talents that could seize important opportunities – adds President Leone -. For example, knowing how to process information and images will create new services, and innovative start-ups can be created around them. On the other hand, the disciplines that may drive the sector in the coming years, as well as the development of new materials or hybrid electric and hydrogen propulsion, refer to Big data analytics robotics. Aviation also needs legal experts in the new space law for planetary missions, but sociologists are also important for the ethical aspects of the use of artificial intelligence, economists for the financial and economic implications and so who knows, maybe between a few years will there are completely new professions’.

Playing with space to start getting acquainted with this sector, embarking on a study path related to the space sector and perhaps being able to turn a star passion into a job is therefore the mission of the team that created Space Dream. “We are convinced that girls and boys, boys and girls, by playing and exploring, deepening the content offered through the platform, can begin to enjoy the taste of research and discovery – declares Chiara Petrioli, Vice President of Development of entrepreneurial culture for upgrading the third mission – because space represents one of human boundaries and teaches us how, even with basic mathematical tools taught in schools, it is possible to face and solve complex problems such as dimensioning the fuel. to a rocket or the design of a communications system to control a robot on Mars.Space exploration is also an example of the value of research and what barriers can be broken down in interdisciplinary groups where experiences, knowledge and cultures are combined.We hope that boys and girls watching the stars can begin to discover their talents, learn to overcome their limits and make their dreams come true.

The Space Dream 2022 program

I AND II SECOND ELEMENTARY: “A COME ASTEROID”

The “A come Asteroride” space mission assigned to Space Dreamers in 1st and 2nd grade aims to guide students in space by identifying the words from the instruments on board, the main space missions, the astronauts, the celestial bodies to write them on a poster-thematic didactics. Students will be presented with a format, conceived as a teaching poster, where they will write the identified words next to each letter in the alphabet and subsequently represent the spatial word with a drawing. Educational poster is an activity sheet that also contains games to play and drawings to color.

III, IV, V ELEMENTARY: “FULL ROCKET TOTEM”

The “Rocket Totem” space mission is aimed at aspiring astronauts in third, fourth and fifth grade who are asked to build a totem that represents their vision and aspirations with specific reference to space issues and the goals that can be achieved thanks to precious relationships of reciprocity that bind Space to Earth with all the benefits that come from it for the protection of our planet and everyone’s technological advances. The paper must be made with recycled materials to optimize the available resources and must contain objectives, wishes and spatial forecasts related to the future of children in this field.

I-DEGREE SECONDARY SCHOOL (ENTIRE CYCLE): “LANDING ON MARCH”

The mission “Landing on Mars”, assigned to students participating in the I, II and III media, is to create an illustrated poster (70 × 100), which contains the vision of the landing on Mars imagining, or rather, drawing by hand or with the support of graphics programs, this important event and what will be its rapid development (planning of housing modules, organization of tourist trips with destination Red Planet).

SECOND DEGREE SCHOOL (FULL CYCUS): “ROOM AD”

High school students must create a commercial that lasts no more than 60 seconds and present an invention, service, or product that is indispensable for living, traveling, or solving a problem in space. Participants will be able to decide whether they want to adapt a product of earthly life by presenting its innovative use in space or inventing something new, they must also imagine the name of the product / service and create an effective slogan.

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