[Pangyo Tech] Hanwha Space Hub opens “the Korean Version of NASA Space School” with KAIST

Hanwha Space Hub, which serves as a comprehensive situation room for Hanwha Group’s space business, began operating the space education program for gifted students, “Space pebbles” at the community house in Myeong-dong, Seoul on the July 23rd.

According to Hanwha Aerospace on the 24th, 30 middle school students from all over the country who were selected through winning one spot against 47 people participated in the education program for six months with Hanwha Space Hub and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (KAIST).

In the first education program, “the Space Humanities Conference” was held to help students develop knowledge on philosophy and the humanities about “why we study space”. As instructors, Chung Jae-seung, a professor of bio and brain engineering at KAIST, and Kim Sang-wook, a professor of physics at Kyung Hee University, had discussion with students.

Professor Chung started with the question of “how has our brains changed?” and discussed with students about “what will the brains of life in space look like if we meet them someday in space?” Professor Kim explained the principles of light and telescope while discussing philosophy, space, science and history with students, and the conversation continued from the story of Galileo who observed the moon and Jupiter with a telescope to Heliocentrism and James Webb Space Telescope.

The students will meet with Lee So-yeon, South Korea’s first astronaut, PhD Jang Dae-ik, a philosopher of science who wrote Darwin’s table, Kim Chang-gyu, an SF writer, and PhD Hwang Jung-ah, who is developing satellites herself at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute.

From September, the “Space Mission Project” will begin with eight current KAIST aerospace engineering professors and mentors from master and doctorate courses. Jeon Eun-ji, a professor of aerospace engineering at KAIST, who is in charge of guidance, explained, “We designed the entire process from selecting topics to specifying logic to completing tasks in a self-motivated manner, the same as KAIST masters and PhD team project methods.”

It will also run a camp program in November. During the camp, Dr. Paul Yoon, a NASA ambassador and have an online meeting with an incumbent NASA researcher. In January next year, the team will announce the results of the team project in front of top space experts, including mentors of “Space pebbles,” the Korea Aerospace Research Institute and incumbent researchers at Science & Technology Policy Institute.

Students who have completed all courses will receive benefits such as a KAIST presidential certificate, KAIST gifted education center course tickets, and one-on-one career consulting with experts. Students with excellent team project performance will also be given an opportunity to travel abroad early next year. Hanwha Space Hub will pay the full cost of program and training.

Source: Pangyo Techno Valley Official Newsroom