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Space Center Houston – make dreams come true

The International Partnership Network

I was invited to participate at the international conference in Houston in October this year and I was fortunate to be able to meet up with many of the people I had met in Lillestrøm two years ago. The highlight was, of course, the talk by the astronaut Bill McArthur, a retired United States Army colonel and NASA astronaut and a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions and one expedition to the International Space Station via the Russian Soyuz capsule. And also George Abbey, a former director of the Johnson Space Center (JSC) and Fellow in Space Policy at the Baker Institute of Rice University. They were both among those who gave out the awards, see picture below. 

The topic of the conference was how schools and universities, by establishing a connection with business partners, can benefit their students. In Norway schools are under strict rules that do not allow private student funding for school trips, therefore this will be vital if we want to continue our international travels. I am already contemplating the possibilities.

Traditional classroom work alone isn’t cutting it

This is powerful when coming from the astronaut Bill McArthur, and it resonates with my own assumptions. Here are the bullet points from his slides.

Project-based learning is making an impact

Benefits of student projects

Let’s make it happen!

Award; Global Best Awards 2018, Multi-regional partnership
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