We are team Levitate from Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang Malaysia. We were the winner of the Best educational Initiative category for 2017. This year around, the Levitate USM has designed a movement called the Space Connect 2018, and we stand together with the 36 of us altogether to make the dreams come true. Our main objective is to reach the underprivileged students in the rural areas, the orphanages, the disabled students and as well as the autistic students to encourage their interest in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field using space technology and High Altitude Balloon.
The Space Connect 2018 consist of three main sub-events namely: Space Tour, Mega Space Connect 2018 and Global Space Connect 2018. Space Tour has started on the April 7 and successfully ended on April 22 which we took around ten days in total to conquer 16 schools which sum up to 1030 students in total. This event was held for approximately 6 hours per school and consist of several educational activities such as Space Talks and Educations, Rocket Missions and the Aerospace Society start-ups. During this school tour, they have been introduced to the HAB and one competition called Student Space Experiment Challenge and the experiments that won the challenge will be part of our HAB's payload.
Mega Space Connect was held as the climax event of our Space Connect 2018 and as well as our launch day on the April 29. Mega Space Connect involves two orphanage institutions, the representatives from school in the district of Nibong Tebal and Parit Buntar, the communities of these districts and as well as the community of the USM itself. This event makes up a total number of around 170 participants who witnessed our GSBC 2018 HAB launch.
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