The latin phrase ad astra means “thus you shall go to the stars” or “through hardships to the stars.”
Nicaragua has not excelled internationally in many STEM areas (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), and has only two astronomical associations, but that started to change last year when a group of Nicaraguan students participated in the NASA Space Apps Challenge. A hearty turnout of curious and concerned citizens arrived to participate in this historic event and more are expected this year.
One of the best projects from last year was chosen by NASA to be elevated to a community challenge this year. “I Spot It” was produced by a group of middle school students from the American Nicaraguan School and focuses on the social aspects of the International Space Station (ISS), with the intention of creating awareness, staying connected, and making the ISS fun.
Universidad Americana (UAM) next month will host NASA Space Apps Challenge in Managua for the second straight year. The 48-hour event will be held on April 12 and 13 at the Centro Cultural Nicaraguense Norteamericana (CCNN).
This year’s event will include 40 new challenges and 25 projects from last year’s Space Apps that support NASA’s mission directorates in five themes: Earth Watch, Technology in Space, Human Spaceflight, Robotics and Asteroids.
Anyone interested in more information can find more information and register online at: www.spaceappschallenge.org