Space School International Inc

Space School International Inc [SSI] offers emerging achievers and leaders [school and pre-graduate level] the opportunity to learn more about - and experience - aspects of the outer-atmospheric environment.


Space School International [SSI] was known previously as Space School Africa [SSA]. SSA is the adninistratiive home of the SSI and hosts school level activities - such as the annual SSA Space Camp - on the African Continent on behalf of the NYDT.


Due to Globalization in terms of networking and connectivity, the growing participation of students from outside the African Continent, and the involvement of industry experts from across the World, the need for an international school arose.


A fourth reason is the introduction of the Career Prediction and Achievement Track Programme, the C.PAT Programme -  for emerging achievers and leaders which is truly international of nature.


SSI offers students [school and pre-graduate level] the opportunity to [i] learn more about - and experience - aspects of the outer-atmospheric environment, and [ii] develop attributes that are profession-specific in terms of the Space Profession.


The Programme is aimed at the development of future Space Scientists in appropriate, related careers. The principal objective of the Program is to (i) initiate (ii) design and (iii) manage problem based Science projects at school level in various disciplines including

  • Astronomy
  • Engineering Science [various disciplines]
  • Ergonomics
  • Computer and IT Science
  • Medicine and Health Science
  • Environmental Science [Including Geography]
  • Economics [“Astro-Nomics”]
  • Informatics [Including Bio-Informatics].
  • Space law

Space School International also promotes cultural aspects of Space: The Arts, music, poetry, songwriting, storytelling, human rhythm [dance] and food [culinary Science]


Outreach and Corporate Investment: The input of several corporate investors, government departments, academic institutions, organizations and sponsors make it possible for students from disadvantaged communities to participate in the program.


Global entrepreneurial activity that relates to “Space” is a key element of the SSI Programme: the design, marketing and sale products with commercial value within the “Space Environment” create opportunities for emerging achievers to generate personal funding in support of their personal development. These include music, art and fashion within the Rainbowl Production framework [http://www.nydt.org/home.asp?pid=1213]


Who may participate?

  • All school students from grade 1 to 12, and college/university students may participate in the career path development program.
  • All student who wish to experience our adventure based activities, including the annual survival space camp
  • Students from other continents may participate on virtual basis as part of a Reciprocal Adoption Program [RAP]: schools form an academic partnership and do research together
  • School teachers and college/university lecturers - as team mentors or coaches

Content of the Program


Section 1: Research Projects.   Interns focus on Science Based projects

The program focuses on the following aspects

  • Astronomy: The nature of the outer atmospheric ["space"] environment
    • Projects: Our students do science based research projects on various aspects of Astronomy
    • Olympiad: Here we work in partnership with the Astronomy Society of South Africa. We introduced a development Olympiad for school students who live and go to school in disadvantaged school communities.
    • Internship: We nominate 3 students on an annual basis to attend an international Astronomy School, the International Astronomy Space Camp [IAYC] in Europe.
  • AstroBiology [Outer Atmospheric Ergonomics]:
    • Aspects relating to human survival in space
  • Space medicine
  • Aerospace Engineering: The essence of this subsection is “Design and Fly
    • Aspects relating to Space Science and Technology
    • The Physics of Space flight
    • Space Settlement Design: our students have the opportunity to participate in the annual Boeing International Space Settlement Design Contest.
    • Flight Simulation
    • Space Models “Design and Fly”: Rockets [Students may design and build
      • Bottle rockets
      • Bottle rocket cars
      • Bottle rocket planes
      • Underwater rockets 
    • Space Robotics: Robot design 
  • Space Law: Legal aspects in respect of Outer Space
  • Space Economics [“AstroNomics”]  

Section 2 focuses on the interaction between Science and Culture/Art/Music: “Where Culture and Science Meet”

  • Students write songs about astronomy and space
  • Space Art Competitions

Section 3 focuses on Science Based Competition:

Projects include the following:

  • Conquering the Kármán Line
  • The Mathematics of Trajectory
  • Picking up Space Pebbles [Searching for micro-meteorites]

Section 4  focuses on competitive codes:

The NYDT designs and presents events for model rocketry and sport robotics in Africa.


Outdoor Activity

Students may attend a week-long adventure survival school. 




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