Monday, October 10, 2011

Canadians and Norwegians Building Rockets

As the Canadian student participants of the fourth session of the Canada-Norway Student Rocket Programme (CaNoRock) slowly trickle back into Canada from their October 2nd - 7th field trip to the Andoya Rocket Range (Andoya) in Norway, CaNoRock organizers have issued a call for participation in the fifth session, scheduled for January 16th - 20th, 2012.



The exchange program is a partnership between the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Oslo and Andoya which provides undergraduate university students a week at Andoya gaining hands-on experience in sounding rocket and payload instrument design. Participants earn course credit for completing the program, which is funded through the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and the University of Alberta Teaching and Learning Enhancement Fund.

According to the October 7th, 2011 post on the Institute of Space Science, Exploration and Technology (ISSET) at the University of Alberta website titled "CaNoRock 5," the closing date for applications for the upcoming session is October 26th.

The intent of the program, according to the "Introduction to the CaNaRock Program" course outline, is to motivate undergraduate students to specialize in space focused technologies:
Most countries in the western world strive to motivate young people to choose natural science and technical studies. A lack of highly educated employers can become a problem if the western countries intend to maintain a leading role in the technical development. The field of space research and space utilization is not an exception.
 

Norway and Canada intend to be in the forefront, thus they have invested resources in a program to motivate young students to seek a career within the space research field – the CaNoRock program.
The program also also includes background information and practical experience with other platforms such as Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Long Duration Balloons.


Potential applicants are encouraged to check out the  ISSET website for more information.

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