SEK students participate in NASA’s VII International Stage

A group of 13 students from SEK-Ciudalcampo, SEK-Alborán, SEK-Dublin, SEK-El Castillo and SEK-Catalunya participated in the VII Stage training at NASA’s Johnson Space Center Headquarters in Houston (Texas). This training is an activity of the Space Center University for High School students from all over the world.  

For one week, they carried out the 12 tests that make up this Challenge, competing with other international schools and presenting their proposals to efficiently overcome each challenge. All the challenges were related to the Space Mission to return to the moon and send humans to Mars

To carry out this task, the students received a fictitious budget that they had to optimize to complete the research and practical implementation of each test.

Grouped in teams of 4 people, they applied the knowledge acquired in their academic training and in this Stage to face the same challenges that NASA engineers deal with daily: “Building Rockets”, “Martian habitat”, “Rover Challenge Rocks” “Cryogenics” or “Thermal Design”. Each group divided its work into project-oriented roles, such as design engineer, budget managing, communications engineer, project manager, etc. SEK students achieved victory in the building rockets and Martian habitat tests.

During the week, they worked 8 hours a day to find some of the methods and technologies needed to support space travel and enable life on Mars. At the end of their training, the students graduated from the SPACE Center University in Houston and met one of the astronauts who has travelled to space on one of NASA’s missions.

To conclude this incredible experience, the students of SEK International Schools visited some of the most emblematic places in the State of Texas to get to know in depth a culture, business and history that is strongly related to Spain’s in places such as Houston, San Antonio or Galveston (Mexico Gulf).