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Need for an education model for adolescents, specifically in rural areas

Sri Venkata Vathsala Musunuri

Article (2024)

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Secondary and High School students are usually adolescents, most of them in the urban areas and metropolitan cities are aware about the existence, various opportunities, career paths and advancements of the space industry. They are constantly updated, given they have access to quality and organized education models and a competitive environment. Although, the students in the rural areas who are equally ambitious and talented yet are not fortunate enough to have access to the state of art facilities like the counterparts. Even if they try and gain access with their self-interest, they do not have the motivation to sustain the passion, given their lack of clarity in subject, lack of awareness about engaging in various ways and fields in space other than technological related and mainly lack of driving force. The purpose of this paper is to develop and present an education model, exclusively for the high school students of the rural areas and inculcate sustainable passion for space. As opposed to the primary school students, the secondary school students have a consciousness of the space industry. This paper will talk about various plans and strategies, that will allow them to gain exposure, guide them about the existence of different career paths which are not entirely technological related, yet are still essential in the space like, administrative framework for example. This opens a new dimension in their brain helping them realize how they can be part of the industry in countless ways, and this shall assist them in being on the right track to space. In addition to, hosting creative space themed exhibitions, fun and engaging model design competitions, workshops, all of these would widen their knowledge boundaries and help them challenge their skills. A real time case study example from a school located in the rural southern of India shall be focused on this paper. Including data from a survey thereby the results, with action plans shall be presented in detail, which will aid in the analysis of the need, feasibility, and long-term sustenance of this approach and the requirement to scale it over different rural areas globally.

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aerospace; education; students; data-evaluation; impact; action-plans

Subjects: 2100 Mechanical engineering > 2100 Mechanical engineering
Department: Department of Mechanical Engineering
PolyPublie URL: https://publications.polymtl.ca/57900/
Journal Title: Acta Astronautica (vol. 219)
Publisher: Elsevier
DOI: 10.1016/j.actaastro.2024.02.029
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2024.02.029
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2024 15:40
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2024 11:48
Cite in APA 7: Musunuri, S. V. V. (2024). Need for an education model for adolescents, specifically in rural areas. Acta Astronautica, 219, 91-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actaastro.2024.02.029


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