10.10.2013

GOOD FRIEND OF SPACE CAMP TURKEY PASSES AWAY

Since Space Camp Turkey opened in June 2000, nearly 45,000 kids and adults from 30 countries have traveled to the camp to “reach for the stars,” including underprivileged and gifted children from Turkey

“Space Camp Turkey has developed into a perfect vehicle for global friendship, community service and special recognition of educational excellence in Turkey,” remarked Kaya Tuncer, founder of Space Camp Turkey.

“This year`s National Space Camp Week brought together successful students and teachers from nearly every region in Turkey and encouraged them to learn more about science and space technology through special activities and workshops,” explained Tuncer, who is also President and CEO of the camp`s parent company, ESBAS, the Aegean Free Zone Development and Operating Company.

The third annual National Space Camp Week, held Mar. 26-31 in Izmir`s Aegean Free Zone, was organized in cooperation with the Turkish Ministry of Education and funded by ESBAS.

Participants included 76 students, between the ages of 12 and 14, and 39 teachers from 39 cities in Turkey. Their selection process began with each city’s education department nominating the most qualified male and female science students and science teacher. Ankara`s ministry of education then chose the best-qualified students and teachers to receive the scholarships.

National Space Camp Week featured astronaut simulators, lab experiments and recreational activities so students would learn problem-solving techniques, time management and communication skills. According to Ece Ozturk, a 13-year old from Ankara’s Dedeman Primary School, the program also helped students build self-esteem.

“The space shuttle mission was really the coolest part of the camp. I got to be the flight director in mission control, who had lots of responsibility. Now I feel a lot more self-confident,” said Ozturk.

“The curriculum here is quite different,” remarked Mehmet Avsar, a science teacher from Gaziantepe`s Turkan Mehmet Akcan Primary School. “It’s a great place for students and teachers to experience interactive education instead of the normal lesson memorization.”

Guest speakers included Professor Beno Kuryel of the Aegean University’s chemical engineering department and Professor Omer Ergin of 9 September University’s science education department who encouraged primary and secondary teachers to always learn, question and search for knowledge. Gul Unal and Eylem Yildiz, 9 September University research assistants facilitated a workshop entitled “Discovering Space.” Space Camp Turkey staff arranged local day excursions to Ephesus and downtown Izmir, night observations of the stars and constellations and a special afternoon viewing of the solar eclipse on March 29.

“Space Camp Turkey inspires scientific curiosity, teamwork and responsibility. It’s an amazing experience for our students and teachers to come from different parts of the country, learn about each other and share different points of view. The camp provides a realistic, synergistic environment for hands-on learning. This is a top priority for the Turkish Ministry of Education right now,” said Selahattin Sahin, coordinator for Turkish primary and secondary education at the ministry of education in Ankara.

“Space Camp Turkey inspires scientific curiosity, teamwork and responsibility. It’s an amazing experience for our students and teachers to come from different parts of the country, learn about each other and share different points of view. The camp provides a realistic, synergistic environment for hands-on learning. This is a top priority for the Turkish Ministry of Education right now,” said Selahattin Sahin, coordinator for Turkish primary and secondary education at the ministry of education in Ankara.

“Space Camp Turkey inspires scientific curiosity, teamwork and responsibility. It’s an amazing experience for our students and teachers to come from different parts of the country, learn about each other and share different points of view. The camp provides a realistic, synergistic environment for hands-on learning. This is a top priority for the Turkish Ministry of Education right now,” said Selahattin Sahin, coordinator for Turkish primary and secondary education at the ministry of education in Ankara.

Space Camp Turkey, Aegean Free Zone, 35410, Gaziemir-Izmir/Turkey
Contact: Scott Eren Bolle NR: 01/13
Phone: +90-232-252 3500 Ext: (317)
Fax: +90-232-252 3600
E-Mail: ebolle@spacecampturkey.com