Section for Space Technology at Mali Lošinj Re-socialization Center

Flying and reaching stars is one of the greatest incentives for imagination and creativity, and the “Space” is the key word that unites it. Encouraging creativity in the direction of space activities resulted in many successes in the exploration of Space as well as in the development of the material side of civilization. Initiative of A3 to establish Sections for Space Technology in Secondary Schools had precisely this ambition, to get students to know how some of their imaginations can be achieved. However, this initiative has also resulted in a completely different purpose, re-socializing children with problematic behavior. This direction of activity was noticed by Damir Preksavec, a teacher at the Mali Lošinj Resocialization Center (House), which has an internal vocational school under the auspices of Center of Education and has been operating since the foundation of the House in 1952, by establishing the Space Technology Section. Students, attendees of this school are children coming from all over Croatia.

According to Damir Preksavc, the Section for Space Technology helps his students in the process of re-socialization by teaching them competence in the field of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, information technology and other topics.

The Section is regularly attended by ten students and we are aware that our students are not interested in scientific work. Therefore, we emphasized the practical work and so, for example, the student Philip Filipović made from the wooden materials the model of the F-16. The plane is under construction. Great creativity of the student was used when making the plane, which is definitely important for the development of space technologies.

About school
The school is an indispensable part of the program of re-socialization of children and adolescents with behavioral disorders, and provides opportunities for education of children from the local community, especially in programs that are not represented in high school “A. Haračića “in Mali Lošinj.

The school carries out a curriculum for secondary education for the following three years of occupation:
1. Field of mechanical engineering: turner, plumber, locksmith and tinsmith
2. Field of catering and tourism: chef and waiter
3. Woodworking: woodworking

and two-year occupations:
1. The field of mechanical engineering: machine and construction monter
2. Field of work catering and tourism: assistant chef and assistant waiter
3. Wood Processing Area: Flooring

We also conduct an adult education program for all of these professional occupations. A training program is also being carried out for the pursuit of a profession in the profession of welder. We also have a primary school that we are pursuing according to the adult education program.

In addition to the school itself, we also have workshops where students take the knowledge of the professions for which they are trained (lathes, locksmiths, welders and carpenters), students attending waiters and chefs participate daily in preparing and serving lunches for all users of the House.

First pictures from IECSat-2

Recently, Zoran Kahrić held a lecture on the development of NASA’s ICESat-2 satellite and here’s one of the first pictures we are publishing (thanks to Mr Kahrić).

The picture shows Bikini Atoll. The right figure shows where the laser beams went. In the left picture is beam # 2 (right line in color image); the surface of the sea (with waves) and the deep bottom can be seen. Then the bottom is raised, comes above the sea and begins the lagoon, which is shallow and no waves. At the end of the beam comes a reef that goes down to the surface and starts high waves again.