Dubai school students to launch rockets into space

The model creations will take off from Dubai Parks and Resorts

Dubai school students to launch rockets into space

We’re about to see what happens when life imitates NASA in Dubai, as more than 150 students will launch their rockets into orbit on Saturday May 4 (which happens to be International Star Wars Day) at Dubai Parks and Resorts.

The creations were built as part of Compass International’s Space and Rocketry Academy UAE’s (SARAUAE) summer camp over the course of the last ten months, leading up the big event.

Young ones also got to learn about space missions, creating patches and even tasting real food that astronauts have while away from planet Earth.

The rockets, which are very much real, use solid fuel rocket motor engines – and will soar up to 300 metres or higher then return with a parachute. The camp, which was developed by 3D Education and is based on a NASA curriculum, was supervised by experts such as Mars Geologist Dr Jim Rice and Dr Rosabala Bonaccorsi from NASA Ames Research Center and the SETI Institute.

“The rocket launch is the final and the most exciting part of the SARAUAE Camp. We’ve been working towards creating this grand event since the very beginning and hope to give students a spectacular ending to their hard work. I would also like to thank the UAE Space Agency for their constant support and guidance,” says Lissy Donald, managing director and owner of Compass International.

SARAUAE and Compass International are the UAE’s regional partners of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, NASA Visitor Centers, Canada’s Cosmodôme, Euro Space Center in Belgium and global 21st century learning programme Destination Imagination.

Future astronauts, we’re rooting for you.
Dubai Parks and Resorts, Jebel Ali. From 8.30am onwards. For more information, compassuae.com.

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