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Water Rocket Competition 2014

      Annual meeting of the twenty- first session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-21), with Space Education Awareness Working Group (SEA-WG) which was held on 29-30 November 2014 at Tokyo, Japan. The theme: Space is the Future and adoption of agenda was focused on the general exchange of views on space education and raising awareness, Joint educational activities for primary and secondary school students and teachers; a). water rocket activities, b). Poster contest, c). Distribution and promotion of educational materials domestically and internationally. APRSAF-21 also was co-organized by MEXT and JAXA.

      Paññāsāstra International School (PSIS) representative of Cambodia had sent five students and one teacher to participate of the APRSAF-21. PSIS always send outstanding students to national international stages since 2006 till present and we have many international projects for competing with different nation in the world. PSIS sends students between 12 and 16 years old who had been nominated through the selection from national competition participated in the launch competition, attempting to hit a target at a distance of 80 meters based on APRSAF-21 rule.

Country Participants of APRSAF-21

      There are 72 students, 31 educators, and 17 Observers from 17 countries. List as below; Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam. Myanmar is the first time to participate the APRSAF Water Rocket Event.

The competitors from Cambodia for participating of APRSAF-21, Tokyo, Japan

1- Miss Leng Molyka

2- Mr. Chhort Chhoravuth

3- Miss Hay Sovannaroth

4- Miss Rith Puthnanitta

5- Miss Mao Muni Pichvatey

Group Photo on 29 November 2014 at Nihon University, Funabashi Campus

Activities of Primary and Secondary for Education

1- Educator Activities

2- Preparation for Launching

3- Student’s launching

Results of launching of APRSAF-21

The Working Group endorsed the results of the competition as follows:

First place .................. Mr. Nor Hafizi Bin Shaharudin (Malaysia) 98cm from the target

Second place ................ Mr. Taiki Fukumoto (Japan) 234cm from the target

Third place ................... Ms. Tomomi Yoshimura (Japan) 240cm from the target

Special Award .............. Ms. Tomomi Yoshimura (Japan) 665cm combined score from the target

Conclusion and recommendation

Space Science and technology sectors are limited and curricula of ministry of education youth and sports doesn’t have applied yet. Therefore, it is extra curriculum of private schools. We needed more support on the three factors materials, financial support and human resources for sustainable development in Cambodia.

* To further promote educational activities, using space as a tool, that will be beneficial for the human resources development of the next-generation.

* To continue to conduct the Water Rocket Event and Poster Contest as means to stimulate the interest and innovative thoughts of youth toward space and science technology.

* To continuously enhance and expand self-initiated activities (including seminars) so that each country can share space education materials they have developed, and encourage cooperation with international organizations and enterprises to conduct space educational activities.

International Cooperation and Partnership

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