By Imane Benichou - Rabat
By Imane Benichou – Rabat
The American Association Grove of Hope organized a series of science-oriented workshops in Essaouira, Marrakech, Rabat and Casablanca, from February 9 to 17, with the aim of providing science-related opportunities in order to encourage and inspire students to pursue technology and science studies.
Grove of Hope is an American association founded in 2003 by Moroccan scientist Oudrhiri Kamal. He is a scientist and member of the Jet propulsion Laboratory Radio Science Team in the NASA.
He participated in several historic and critical missions with NASA: “Mars Exploration Rover (MER), Spirit, opportunity, Cassini Mission to Saturn, Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory (GRAIL), Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), Curiosity.” He has received several honorary awards by NASA.
Celebrating the association’s tenth anniversary, Grove of Hope held series of conferences, scientific and educational activities in partnership with the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training.
The conferences, entitled “Inspiration, imagination and innovation: parents and children together explore science, technology, engineering and math,” were conducted by the astronauts Loren Acton and Shelly Bonus, the scientists Kamal Oudrhiri, Faramaz Davarian, Rosaly Lopes, and Monique Chyba and the educators Morisa Cleghoru and Raymond Lo.
The trainings and family science activities are mainly parent-oriented in order to promote their role in the educational support of their children. These seminars encourage parents to be actively involved in their children’s education.
Furthermore, these seminars stimulated parents to encourage children to develop an interest in pursuing their studies in science and technology.
Speaking to an audience in Marrakech, Kamal Oudrhiri noted that the program is a unique opportunity for children and parents to discover all the benefits of technology at once.
The scientists displayed videos and images that showed the latest innovations in space exploration. The session leaders also led demonstrations and presentations on astronomy, aviation, propulsion and robotics.
The audience was fascinated by the flying butterfly robot and another robot that danced in the mode of “Gangnam Style.” The spectators finished their day by watching the launch of reduced models of rockets designed by the Foundation’s scientists.
Edited by Beau Clark
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