|The students viewed footage of a space shuttle launch as part of the program.|
Adapted from transFORM, the Mano Amiga Academy newsletter.
September 22, 2010.
Manila, Philippines. Cheers fill the Philippine Science Centrum auditorium as
a woman in a space suit gracefully enters the room.
The woman is Sabrina Singh, an engineer and astronaut trainer
for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and her
audience are the students of Mano Amiga Academy and
other public schools in Manila.
Singh and her fellow NASA
engineer Adam Gilmore took a break from their work duties
to be part of the Asia Society’s Science Caravan: Reaching
for the Stars. For two weeks, Singh and Gilmore will
conduct "interactive science and space demonstrations in different public schools
in order to inspire and motivate the youth."
listened attentively while Singh explained how astronauts eat and sleep
in outer space. They all gasped in amazement when Gilmore
showed them an actual footage of a space shuttle launch.
The children got even more excited when he taught them
how to make their own space rockets using paper, cardboard,
|Twenty Mano Amiga students from Prep and Grade 1 were chosen to be part of the Asia Society's Science Caravan.|
"The objective of the program is to free
the minds of our children to dream bigger and to
have courage in pursuing them through education. By meeting Sabrina
and Adam, whose life stories are inspiring, our children will
get to meet in person people who have truly accomplished
much," Asia Society executive director Arnel Casanova told the Philippines
During the workshop, Sing asked whether anybody from the
audience would like to be the first Filipino astronaut. Many
raised their hands, including Mano Amiga student Joshua Dave Waras,
who added that he would like to put the Philippines
flag on the moon.
Sing smiled at the audience and
said, "Just remember: If these people can do it, then
you can do it, too. Anything is possible."