QSC students interact with Nasa expert

July 21, 2013 - 3:42:54 am

Qatar Scientific Club summer camp children interact with Nasa officials via a video conference on the QSC campus. Qassim Rahmatullah

DOHA: Students from different schools in Qatar had a new experience about space and its environment through a live lesson by a Nasa expert. 

Students at the Qatar Scientific Club (QSC) video-conferenced with Dave Mazza from Glenn research Centre in Cleveland,   Ohio, in the US. 

Around 100 students had an interactive session with Mazza on space and spacecraft. Students were explained with the support of videos how astronauts live in a spacecraft. 

They were also shown activities like how astronauts walk, bathe and eat in a spacecraft. 

“This is the first such interactive video conference we had with Nasa. We consider the participating students as future astronauts and scientists and this event was arranged for them to get a feel and know more about spacecraft and space environment,” said Head of Public Relations at the QSC, Hashim Mohammed Al Sada. He was speaking at a press conference on the sidelines of the video conference. 

The first-of-its-kind event was arranged by the US embassy in Qatar with the support of Kahramaa as part of summer activities at QSC. 

Al Sada said that QSC is planning to invite a Nasa expert to lecture students.

“We will have various activities in the future with the support of the US embassy and Kahramaa. Hopefully, we will invite someone from Nasa to come and lecture.”

Around 400 students are taking part in month-long summer activities. Ten percent of them were selected by Kahramaa and others from different schools, along with some on a visit to Doha for vacation. 

Summer activities give an opportunity to students to learn and practise their creativity in programmes such as short films, mad science, computer animation, science, diving, robots and electronics. 

The Peninsula