The “Race2space Camp”, took place between August 21 and 24 in the vicinity of Marrakech. The Race2space contest event aims to develop and demonstrate young people’s knowledge of science and scientific processes, generate enthusiasm for these fields, encourage career choices in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), and spark the imagination and interest of the general public in key concepts of basic science.
The competition was founded in 2015 by Al Maghrib Al Ilmi (Scientific Morocco) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. Students between the ages of 15 and 18 from Moroccan high schools are invited each year to create original science outreach videos (up to three minutes in length) that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics, or math.
The 12 winners each year are typically awarded fully paid scholarships to attend the highly regarded Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. In addition, they have the chance to travel to Washington D.C. for an immersion trip, which includes visits to many scientific, cultural and educational sites. Unfortunately, the past two years’ winners were unable to go due to travel restrictions and risks due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scientific Morocco and Misi designed and developed the race2space camp, so that winners who couldn’t travel to the United States could demonstrate their interest in STEM here in Morocco, at Terres d’Amanar near Marrakech, nestled between the majestic Grand Atlas Mountains. This is a knowledge-based event that also includes a number of hands-on activities, space exploration sessions, roundtable discussions and programming workshops as well as the discovery of space industry jobs.