On December 17th, the National Center for Space Technologies and the Astronomical Observatory of UTM received a visit from a team of US Peace Corps volunteers, led by Edward Kendall. The american volunteers work in Moldovan communities on various projects: in the fields of education, health, economic development (https://www.peacecorps.gov/moldova/).
The volunteers’ goal is to contribute to improving the students’ learning habits, particularly of English, and the teaching of English in schools, but also to the development of the community and schools in general. They also design lesson plans, promoting critical thinking and acquirement of community skills. Extracurricular clubs and activities help students, parents, teachers and community members to address educational, environmental, health and other issues. At the same time, volunteers are working on the development of sustainable programs that foster connections between schools and communities.
An important element of the activity of the Peace Corps volunteers is about promoting science, in particular, space science for students from the Republic of Moldova. In this context, Edward Kendall and his team visited the National Center for Space Technologies, declaring themselves willing to collaborate in promoting space technologies by organizing visits for the students of schools/high schools from Moldova to the National Center for Space Technologies and the Astronomical Observatory of UTM.