APRSAF-25 Menu



November 6-9, 2018

Singapore Singapore

Working Groups

Space Education Working Group

Participants Only


Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, Program Leader, National Space Development Program
Dr. Nozomu Sakuraba, Director, Space Education Office (Space Education Center), JAXA

Messages from Co-Chairs


<Day 1> November 6, 2018

14:00-14:20 1. Opening of the session
1. 1. Welcome remarks by co-chairs Co-chairs
1. 2. Self-introduction by each participants All
14:20-14:30 2. Adoption of the agenda All
14:30-15:30 3. General exchange of views on space education
3. 1. JAXA's Best Practices of Space Education 2017-18 Ms. Kaori Sasaki (JAXA, Japan)
3. 2. 2018 KARI Education Activities Mr. Hoon Jung (KARI, Korea)
3. 3. Country Report of Space Education in Indonesia Mr. Christianus Dewanto
(LAPAN, Indonesia)
3. 4. National Planetarium's Space Education Program in 2018 Mr. Mohd Ridhuan Ismail
(National Planetarium, Malaysia)
15:30-16:00 (Coffee break)
16:00-17:00 3. General exchange of views on space education -cont’d
3. 5. Updates on Space Education in the Philippines Dr. Rogel Mari Sese (Philippines)
3. 6. Water Rocket Design Challenge Mr. Suwit Paonariang
(NSM, Thailand)
3. 7. Space Education in Singapore Mr. Terence Chan
(SSTA, Singapore)
Closing of the Day 1 Co-chairs

<Day 2> November 7, 2018

8:30-8:40 Opening of the Day 2 (Review of the Day 1) Co-chairs
8:40-10:00 4. Joint educational activities for educators and young people
4. a. Water Rocket Event
・4. a. (1) Briefing and results of APRSAF-25 WRE Mr. Charles Tng
(SpeedB, Singapore)
・4. a. (2) Next APRSAF WRE Secretariat
4. b. Poster Contest Secretariat
・4. b. (1) Flash reports on this year’s Poster Contest
・4. b. (2) Next Poster Contest Theme
・4. b. (3) Launch of the works of last year’s Contest
4. c. Space Education Seminar for Educators Secretariat
10:00-10:30 5. Innovative Space Education Programs
5. 1. Space Education to Reach Public in Area with Limited Access in Eastern Indonesia Mr. Adi Witono (LAPAN, Indonesia)
5. 2. The project which makes the universe a place by the science education Mr. Tatsumasa Kitahara
(The Association of the Global Science Education, Japan)
10:30-11:00 (Coffee break)
11:00-11:30 5. Innovative Space Education Programs – cont’d
5. 3. Programming in Space Education Ms. Kaori Sasaki (JAXA, Japan)
5. 4. CanSat and the Space Science Education Program Dr. Rogel Mari Sese (Philippines)
11:30-11:45 6. Sharing of teaching materials, with the aim of enriching space education
6. 1. Demonstration of a breakthrough robot teaching material for space development human resources training Mr. Tatsumasa Kitahara
(The Association of the Global Science Education, Japan)
11:45 Photo session
12:00-13:00 7. Other business
7. 1. Space Education in Taiwan Dr. Feng-Tai Hwang
(National Space Organization)
7. 2. Space Connect - Space for all Dr. Norilmi Amilia Ismail
(Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia)
7. 3. Space Education Through Exhibition Activities Mr. Hoon Jung (KARI, Korea)
7. 4. The Space Education Program of the Tokyo University of Science:
Results of the first three years and plans of the next three years
Prof. Shinichi Kimura
(Tokyo University of Science, Japan)
13:00-14:00 (Lunch)
14:00-14:30 7. Other business – cont’d
7. 5. Summary of the 5th APSGW Ms. Clémentine Decoopman
7. 6. Overview of Northrop Grumman Japan Space Education Activities Mr. Colben Sime
(Northrop Grumman Corporation, Japan)
14:30-15:30 8. Wrap up All
15:30-16:00 (Coffee break)
16:00-16:30 4. b. Poster Contest Secretariat
・4. b. (1) Award Ceremony
16:30 9. Close of the session Co-chairs

Concept Note (PDF VERSION

1. Background and Objective of SEWG Activities

The goal of the Space Education Working Group (SEWG) is to develop a talented future workforce through space education activity. Our actions are intended to shape the future of not just children of the Asia-Pacific region, but of those all over the world.

In every place and culture on Earth, children love the natural world and look at life with wonder. They take pleasure in nature’s blessings, and stand in awe in the face of nature in all its power. Children may ask what lies beyond the stars they see, or how to overcome environmental crises. Over the 60-odd years that humanity has been exploring space, activities in space have increasingly become commonplace in our lives. Today, we have numerous players in aerospace, hailing from a range of countries and industries, seeking to broaden humanity’s horizons, dreaming of a more prosperous future.

The Space Education and Awareness WG was established at the 8th session of the APRSAF in 2001, changing its name to the Space Education WG in 2014. The working group has been actively pursuing a variety of programs in close collaboration with educators across the Asia-Pacific region, in service of a goal: to encourage young minds to see the world through a larger, more cosmic perspective, and channel the spirit of curiosity, adventure and craftsmanship to thus make a contribution to the global community, and become part of the solution to the ills that plague today’s society.

The SEWG has three major programs held concurrently with the annual APRSAF session. The first program is the Poster Contest that is open to children aged between 8 and 11. Its aim is to encourage the imagination through that year’s space-related theme; the theme for the next year’s Poster Contest is developed and selected at the WG’s annual meeting. Delegates to the annual APRSAF session are encouraged to vote for the best poster. The SEWG’s second program, the Water Rocket Event, is for students aged 12 to 16, and consists of a water rocket competition and cross-cultural activities. Because water rockets can be constructed from common materials such as plastic bottles, plastic sheets and plasticine, it is an ideal way to study the principles of rocketry and engineering. A great deal can be learned through the process of designing, building, and launching, then making modifications to improve performance. The program also provides students with an opportunity to interact with different cultures and further understand their own background. And the last program, the Educator Workshop, provides a valuable opportunity for educators to gather and trade experiences, insights and achievements from their own space education activities. The aim is to enhance the quality of teaching, which can nurture the kind of next-generation talent capable of true innovation. The WG also holds its Space Education Seminar for Educators annually to promote space education within the region, organized in close collaboration with the host agency to meet the specific needs of the host country. The WG considers it important to make the seminar both participatory and practical, so that attendees can incorporate what they learn into their everyday curriculum.

2. Results of SEWG Activities at APRSAF-24

See results of SEWG activities and Recommendations adopted at APRSAF-24:


Contact for Further Information

Ms. Mika Hosobata
E-mail: kokusai_eduml.jaxa.jp TEL: +81-50-3362-7590