ASTRONOMY CLUB ( 2016-2017)
Learning Astronomy has been one of the ancient passions of human kind. Today it encompasses different scientific disciplines from astro-physics to biology, from basic chemistry to meteorology. Astronomy club programme by SPACE has been carefully designed to literally open up the universe to the students. All the activities are designed in a way that almost all senses of a child are involved in every step of learning.
Educators from SPACE organized a Zero Presentation for the interested students from classes VI to VIII on the 17thJuly and another one on 3rdAug to encourage them to enroll themselves for Module –I and Module –II in the school Astronomy Club. There was an encouraging response from students.
ASTRONOMY DAY: AN INTER SECTION ACTIVITY
DATE : 7th JULY’16 (THURSDAY)
CLASS : III POSTER/MODEL MAKING THEME :SOLAR SYSTEM
CLASS : V ESSAY WRITING THEME : CHANDRAYAN –I, India’s first mission to moon.
DATE: 11 May, 2016
SESSION: Training Workshop –AIASC Campaign
VENUE: Manav Rachna International School
Radhin Laxman and Shubhankar Mohakud of class VII attended the workshop.
AIASC is one of our most prominent and much awaited projects and is conducted in collaboration with International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC, Hardin-Simmons University, Texas, USA). SPACE is the coordinator for this highly recognized programme in India.
Under this campaign, participants get exclusive access to images of the sky taken at observatories and analyze the data with specialized software provided during training to look for asteroids. Objects reported by students could be potential discoveries. All observations contribute to the Near Earth Object (NEO) data compiled by NASA and Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL). Students get the exciting opportunity to work with professional astronomers, get access to real astronomy data and are exposed to research in this field, all of which is usually only available to post graduate students.
SPACE conducted a one-time, half day workshop to facilitate the students to download the data and use the software Astronomica to successfully find asteroids. The highly specialized training helped convey the skills necessary for the students to analyze the astronomical data and make important observations.
AIASC Phase I will run from 27th June - 25th July 2016 for approximately a month, and during that time students can download and analyze the data by themselves on their computers from their homes or schools, and send the reports of their observation to the international coordinators and SPACE.