American Astronaut to meet Emirati pupils ahead of digital innovation event

The National staff / April 20, 2016

ABU DHABI // Scott Kelly, the astronaut who recently broke the American record for most time spent in space, will meet with Emirati school pupils as part of Digital Innovation in Education next week.

The event, organised by Abu Dhabi Education Council, EY and Tribal Planet, will introduce pupils at Mubarak bin Mohammed School in Abu Dhabi to a new mobile platform called Citizen Science, which is meant to equip them with science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) skills.

“Citizen Science aims to connect young people around the globe with each other, their local environment, the global scientific research community and their future employers,” Adec said in a statement. “It will provide digital content, experiments and challenges developed by some of the world’s most renowned education and scientific institutions to encourage young people to experiment, learn and get excited about STEM disciplines.”

Other speakers expected to join Mr Kelly at the event on Monday include Stephen Farrell, senior partner at EY MENA and Jeff Martin, founder and chief executive of Tribal Planet; Dr Carol O’Donnell, director of the Smithsonian Science Education Centre; and Josh Bernstein, science educator and explorer, formerly with the Discovery and History channels, who will present a film about the 15 Emirati schoolchildren who tested Citizen Science.

Mr Kelly spent 340 days in space. He returned to earth in March after breaking the previous American record, 215 days, held by Michael López-Alegría since 2007.