National Awareness Program (NAP)

The National Awareness Program is aimed at reaching out the idea, importance and the enormous benefits of space and satellite technology to attain National awareness and enlightenment through literal education and demonstrative activities on satellite technology. It is primarily aimed at educating the younger ones through Schools with the intent of arousing their interest in space and satellite technology. As a secondary function, the outreach office serves as an interface between international space and satellite organizations and SSSRI for inter research purposes.

 

Vision of National Awareness Program

• The National Awareness Program by the end 2016 is by target aimed at reaching about 10% of senior high schools in Ghana with much emphasis on schools in technology deprived areas. • The program is expected to grow by 10% annually in reaching out to Schools and communities.

 

The National Awareness Program will involve the following:

1. Schools Outreach Program (SOP)

It involves the going to various schools across the country to educate them on Space Science technology and its applications on their daily lives just to bring them to appreciate what they are being thought in school and it real application in space science technology. The program involves the following:

• Space Science Presentation

• Demonstration

• Discussions which also involve questions from students based on the presentation and demonstration as well as any other thing about Space Science.

 

2. CanSat Training Program (CTP)

The CanSat Training Program is a training course that was established for participants to experience the entire cycle of CanSat development from the design to launch either with high altitude weather balloons or of model rockets.

This includes learning the space technology and teaching methods utilized in space engineering.

The CanSat educational project enables the integration and collaboration among engineering and science careers, as well as encouraging team work contains vast value.

Cansat’s are fully functional satellites designed with all the common subsystems found on conventional satellites e.g. power system, communications, data handling, scientific payload, and the mechanical structure. In their very basic form, these little satellites can be used to measure temperature, air pressure, magnetic fields, acceleration, radiation, air quality (CO2, dust), etc. More advanced versions have onboard GPS receivers and cameras.

It is a small “satellite”, with all components, such as sensors, actuators, and GPS, housed inside a 500-ml can. CanSat provides an affordable opportunity for educators and students to acquire basic knowledge of space engineering and to experience engineering challenges in building a satellite. The CanSat project gave students practical training in the development of an educational satellite, students were able to conceptualize the mission, plan and design as well as build and test their products on the ground, charge and improve iteratively their CanSat prototypes.

 

3. Community Outreach Programme (COP)

It will involve reaching out to the communities to educate on preservation of the environment with respect to what they can do to make the environment better in its green state. This is achieved by using space science to demonstrate the effects of human activities on the environment and the harm it is causing it.

 

4. National Space Science Competitions (NSSC)

The following are the various forms it will take

• Space Science Idea Contest (SSIC)

• Space Science Quizzes

• Debates on Space Science Topics

• CanSat Competition.