AdvancingX and Greek NewSpace Society (GrNSS), a Chapter of the National Space Society (NSS), have signed a collaborative agreement that gives more than 700,000 Greek students access to join the Career Astronaut Competition and the AdvancingX STEM Education program aimed at preparing students for careers in space. The Career Astronaut competition offers STEM and art focused individuals from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to experience space training, potential space travel and opportunities for space related careers.
In the competition, Career Astronaut Candidates are assigned to teams using advanced machine learning software developed by BMC with high performance team algorithms and predictive analytics developed by AdvancingX. As candidates move forward through the competition they will be faced with several carefully designed challenges to help identify and measure team cognitive functional characteristics capable of taking on extreme environment circumstances like those found in space. Team oriented tasks measure characteristics that contribute to team communication, resilience, and performance. Challenges include social engagements, survival, and simulated zero gravity tasks designed to prepare Career Astronauts for not only missions in suborbital space flight, the moon, Mars and beyond but to also work together as a team.
For students preparing to enter the Career Astronaut Competition at a later date, AdvancingX is launching a STEM Education curriculum designed by Xandy Whitman, Director of STEM Education, at AdvancingX. The STEM curriculum is integrated with K-12 and university students.The program is designed to stimulate international and cross-cultural innovation, teaching students to use collaborative intelligence to solve problems, develop technologies, improve current practices, and generate new avenues geared at economic and social progress. Students will have the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that embraces their talents and interests while also challenging them to improve and refine areas of creativity by learning from one another. The program also emphasises the importance of philanthropy, challenging students to share their experiences, inventions, and discoveries with their greater community. Overall, the program will increase students’ perspectives, leading to large-scale impact on not only the space community, but our world as a whole.