Singapore students work with NASA astronauts to design space experiments at Mission Discovery

Singapore students work with NASA astronauts to design space experiments at Mission Discovery

Press release from: Singapore Discovery Mission
Posted: Tuesday June 21st 2022

Mission Discovery Singapore is back and offers high school students a unique chance to team up with 3 NASA Rockstar astronauts to do something amazing.

Students aged 14+ from the local area are invited to spend 5 days working as a team to design a project that could impact humanity both on Earth and beyond.

With guidance from 3 legendary NASA astronauts: Scott Kelly, Steve Swanson and Tony Antonelli, and a team of world-renowned NASA staff, space scientists and professors, the best idea will be launched into the space on a SpaceX rocket and made by astronauts. aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

“It’s an amazing opportunity to see your idea used as an experiment on the International Space Station, and it’s fascinating to watch the ideas develop over the week,” said Tony Antonelli, astronaut and space shuttle pilot. .

The Mission Discovery program gives young people access to the opportunities and skills needed for a successful future, including communication, team building, leadership and project management, while increasing their chances of entering the university of their dreams.

“We are thrilled to be back at Stamford American International School, Singapore for Mission Discovery. The support we have received from the school and local businesses has been overwhelming. Together we will leave a lasting impact on young people who undertake the Last time we were here, in 2019, the students wowed our team, and I’m sure this time will be no different.—Ross Barber, Director of ISSET

After a successful launch in Singapore in 2019 at the Stamford American International School, Mission Discovery returns in 2022.

This time, local industry partners Mastercard®, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Michael Page and Rolls Royce sponsored a combined total of 150 young people from low socio-economic backgrounds to join the program.

“Mastercard believes in inclusion through action. The goal is to build a more connected world where everyone has equal access to opportunities and, in turn, priceless possibilities. Mastercard is thrilled to be part of Mission Discovery Singapore , which provides a chance for students, regardless of their socio-economic background, an opportunity to meet space industry icons, work on projects that could potentially be launched into space, and explore more their interests in science. It is also an extension of Mastercard’s commitment to inspiring young girls in particular to learn science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills and pursue their dreams in the field of their choice. , be it space or any other sector, and drive innovation across the region,” said Deborah Heng, Country Manager, Singapore, MasterCard.

“Space and cloud technology is transforming economies, industries, societies and lives. We know the future is digital and that diverse backgrounds, perspectives, skills and experiences – including the next generation of talent – ​​must be part of designing, creating and managing technology to shape a shared digital future that works for and benefits all business leaders as interactive participants, in their quest to become future leaders in the field of science and technology. I look forward to speaking with students participating in Mission Discovery Singapore to inspire them about space,” said Mani Thiru, APJ Head of Aerospace and Satellites at Amazon Web Services .

To learn more about Mission Discovery and hear from astronauts and participants:

About Mission Discovery

Mission Discovery was first launched in 2012 at King’s College London. Since then, more than 30 programs with 16 different astronauts have been organized on 4 continents, involving more than 9,000 students sending 33 experiments into space on 8 different spacecraft and counting…

Mission Discovery introduces young people to the highest level of NASA leadership, space exploration, and scientific research, and we’ve seen incredible things young imaginations can accomplish when they partner with science.

About Mastercard (NYSE: MA),

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside our company. With connections in more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks invaluable opportunity for all.

CONTACT: Marcus Magee, Mission Discovery Singapore Program Manager, [email protected]

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