Egyptian adventurer Omar Samra, founder of travel company Wild Guanabana, launched his 'Make Space Yours' project that aims to get Egyptian students interested in space science and exploration.
Targeting over 100 schools and universities throughout Egypt, the project aims to get students excited about the topics by engaging them in space competitions on a national level.
The initiative "represents a great platform to inspire youth about space science; identify and develop young talents; and eventually develops into a pillar of community outreach and dialogue among industry professionals,” Samra said.
University students will be required to submit experiment ideas to be tested in micro-gravity. The winning experiment will accompany Samra on his space flight aboard the XCOR Aerospace. The competition will go on throughout the academic year.
The first phase will launch on November 23, with a team lead by Samra of four including Mohamed Sallam, the only Egyptian and Arab astronaut candidate at Mars One; Ahmed Farid, scientist astronaut candidate at Project PoSSUM; Amr Abdel Wahab, Founder and CEO of Astrotrips; and finally Hamed Gamal, Chapter Head Egypt at The Mars Society. The team will conduct sessions to introduce the competition to students, and a road show will follow targeting universities throughout Egypt.
School students will be required to submit a research paper describing their vision of building a colony or spaceships travelling to other planets and moons. The competition will launch every 3 months, and winning students will participate in a 3-day intensive educational space camp.