In keeping with the HCT themes of innovation and sustainability, the General Studies department at the HCT-Sharjah campuses recently organized an event which hosted a very special guest speaker from the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC), Engineer Maitha Ahmed Sharif.
The event took place, aptly, in the college Planetarium on April 19, where General Studies students and faculty gathered to hear all the latest news about the UAE’s space program.
In her fascinating presentation, Engineer Maitha explained the process of creating the Khalifa Sat, a remote sensing Earth observation satellite manufactured entirely in the UAE by Emirati engineers. The satellite is designed to withstand a huge range of temperatures and harsh conditions in space and during its orbit (at 580 and 620 kilometers above Earth) will send back detailed images to the MBRSC and these will be used for urban planning, construction projects and environmental reporting amongst other things. Following the presentation, Engineer Maitha fielded a very lively Q&A session answering questions and comments from the audience.
The next part of the event showcased the excellent poems written by the G.S communication students participating in the Year of Zayed poetry competition. The four winners proudly read out their poems and received their certificates and prizes for their contributions. The winners were: Mariam Mansour Alzarooni, Rawdah Ahmed Al Ali, Alya Ahmed Budakhan, Nada Ali AlSuwaidi.
Rounding off the event, winners from the ToastMasters table-top speech competition were awarded their certificates. As everyone entered and left the Planetarium they were treated to a display of the winning posters from the Applied Media Division for the HCT Campus Sustainability Video Competition.
Special thanks goes to our MC for the event, Mariam Ali Murad Ahmed Almaazmi and our photographer, Sarah Humaid Obaid Mohammed Alzaabi.