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Dr.Mario MArcos Quintino
A Vision of Beyond
inpe_ One of the most noble mission of INPE is the generation and dissemination of knowledge and space applications. The initiative of UBATUBASAT is one of those rare opportunities of convergence of interests in the present and the future. For the age range of students, the project can be considered a worldwide innovation.

 This project involving INPE and Municipal School Pres. Tancredo de Almeida Neves was initiated in mid-2011, in order to support the assembly and testing of a small satellite, Tancredo-1, by the team of students and school teachers. More than launching a satellite, it is intended primarily to raise the young interests, very young, towards careers in science and technology, improving teaching in these disciplines and it sees to meet the current shortage of qualified professionals and foster the critical mass to complete the insertion of Brazil in the space area, ensuring its sovereignty.

 The technologies and knowledge associated with peak and nano satellites were already the object of interest according to INPE's research activities and development. With this deeper contact, it is noted that a satellite peak as Tancredo-1 is a very interesting tool for training undergraduate and graduate students and the staff of INPE, for presenting the functionality of a complete space system with an easy access and manipulation, including not only the satellite but the ground segment.

 We should emphasize that the initiative has already shown significant results, as the assembly of an engineering model of the peak satellite in operation, students being trained in welding with space qualification, visiting the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at NASA, articles in symposium and important impacts in terms of diffusion of knowledge. Finally, besides the disclosure goals and staff training being achieved, it is visible amongst projects' students that their interest and encouragement have grown. If earlier, the profession they desired was uncertain, today certainly many plan to follow the spatial area.
Project
UbatubaSat

Illustration of orbiting Tancredo 1


     "In a world that grows in complexity, sometimes, old questions requires new answers."


Interview with Ubatuba Sat's project members
Status of Engineering Education in Brazil
Ensino no Brasil sobre Engenharia
Annual values
 Every year, Brazilian Colleges and Universities offers 180,000 job positions in the field of engineering, but only 30.000 students graduates annually. It is estimated that only 25% of them are prepared to handle modern technology.
Students building an Arduino board in the lab
  The Project uses a strategy based on PBL (Problem Based Learning)to acomplish the tasks. In PBL, learning is driven by questions or problems and uses various methods of researching and inquirying to deal with. There are some differences in the PBL Model compared to traditional learning:

1) Student is the center
2) Teaching is to facilitate
3) Learning is to build
4) Must be Consistent and Meaningful
5) Organization of the whole for the parts
6) Flexible and open environment
7) Focus on learning skills, competencies, attitudes, besides the content
Alunos do Tancredo Treinam no INPE Ubatuba Sat
Student training at LIT-INPE
 Students from 10 to 13 years building an artificial satellite.
Young elementary school, university students and post-graduates working together on the same project.
Alunos do Tancredo Neves na Califórnia Pasadena Interorbital Systems
Students from Ubatuba Sat Project breaking boundaries at Interorbital Systems in Mojave, CA.
 
Alunos do Projeto Ubatuba Sat na NASA
Tancredos students overcoming challenges visiting NASA's JPL in Pasadena na Califórnia

Meeting with NASA's Administrator Dr. Carles Bolden
jornalista no Tancredo Neves Ubatuba Sat
Source: Giuliana Miranda Santos is a Science and Technology Journalist in one of the most important newspaper agency in Brazil, she commented after interviewing students from the project
"It is rare for me to report the news from a school and to always have someone else do the talking, while in most cases the student is never the protagonist, but while interviewing people from this project, seeing this, was really my first time experience."