This is (not) Rocket Science!
This is (not) Rocket Science! Citizen Scientists as Mission Control
The cooperation with the Bildungsgrätzl in Vienna's 15th district makes it possible to work with children and young people of all ages (kindergarten - Matura) and different socio-economic backgrounds from a peripheral area of Vienna. The cooperation with the Federal Institute for the Blind brings in special expertise: Here, the young Citizen Scientists are already experts in designing their own lifeworlds and implementing them in everyday life.
Impulse questions for the research process with the children and young people are: What will commercial space travel bring? Will there be habitats and biospheres on the Moon and/or Mars, who is allowed and wants to live there? Is some kind of colonisation of space imminent? Will we be able to export our collective memory and if so, what of it? Will we also export pollution into space? Who gets to research, design, build, co-create and control? Where are the women in space travel? What do we want to know from satellites, what information should they send us? What can we learn from work processes in space travel, how does collaborative work work? Finally: What does "quality of life" actually mean on Earth or elsewhere?
(Photocredit © Habitat/TMW)