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Moroccan student Inssaf Ajaanit shines in Race2Space contest and wins a trip to NASA

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The Moroccan student, Inssaf Ajaanit, wins a seat in Race2Space contest, a scientific and training trip to the American Space Agency – NASA.

Ajaanit won the “Race2Space” competition in its sixth edition, which was organized by the Scientific Morocco Association in coordination with the United States Embassy in Rabat.

The 17-year-old student was chosen among the 24 shortlisted participants for the finals after 1560 students from all over Morocco were nominated, she was thus selected to go to the American Space Agency (NASA) with 11 other winners.

The win came as a result of Ajaanit’s great explanatory video about the cloud iridescence phenomenon and the scientific discoveries associated with it. The latter was judged based on the following criteria: Scientific content, Language proficiency, Topic choice, Clarity, Delivery, Creative content, Video production and effects

Besides the inner satisfaction that the win of such contest generates; the prize consists of a full scholarship to attend Space Camp: an interactive educational experience that brings theory to life through simulated training aboard the NASA Space Shuttle, and a cultural visit to Washington D.C on an immersion tour, which will include visits to many scientific, cultural and educational sites.

Ajaanit is a native of Errachidia and currently studies at the second-baccalaureate-level (senior year) majoring in Mathematical Sciences (French option) in the Technical High School.

When asked about her dreams, Insaf says she wants to become a computer science engineer in order to contribute to the advancement of science related to space, which relies heavily on modern technologies.