Honeywell brings NASA astronaut to UAE youth science fair
Astronaut Don Thomas and aerospace exec Deborah Barnhart to share first-hand knowledge of space training and exploration
Honeywell will host engagement sessions with two space industry veterans at Think Science Connect 2017 taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) April 18-20.
Retired NASA astronaut Don Thomas, who orbited Earth almost 700 times as a veteran of four NASA Space Shuttle missions, will engage with students and teachers, and take questions alongside Dr Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Centre (USSRC) affiliated to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Centre in Alabama, USA.
As a Think Science sponsor and software-industrial company with involvement in space missions and satellite projects since the beginning of the space age, Honeywell is hosting the sessions as part of efforts to help inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the company says.
Think Science Connect 2017, which is spearheaded by Emirates Foundation, is a national program that strives to empower Emiratis to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields. Its aim is to nurture a culture of scientific thinking whilst helping to grow the next generation of technology pioneers in the country.
The fair will also provide the opportunity for hundreds of youth participating in the Think Science Competition to showcase their innovations to thousands of visitors, parents, investors, and stakeholders.