Apr’12 to Jun’12a Quarterly Newsletter from SPACE Main Article: Cover story: Empowering teachers ASTRO-TOURISM through Innovative Science New wave in travel and tourism SPACEThis magnificent picture was taken onboard the India’s first eclipse flight NEWSorganised in 2009 by SPACE & Cox n Kings Chief Editor: Sachin Bahmba, Editors: Amit Verma, Gunjan Sharma
1 Empowering teachers through innovative science.The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery. -- Mark Van DorenScientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives;education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual,and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon theenvironment.Human being’s are more akin to understand science with hands on approach, withreferences to day to day life.A teacher is the most important link between the student and knowledge. With theadvancement in science, technology and teaching methodologies, it is importantfor the teacher to be also in tune with the current and latest information andteaching methods.Understanding science is the need of our society. Advancement of mankind hasbeen possible due to scientific advancement. All great thinkers of our world havebeen people with good Scientific Temperament. This is one quality that we cannotafford to not inculcate in our young generation. For through science do we learnthe value of experimenting, analyzing and reasoningAstronomy being the mother of all sciences; fits the bill perfectly as an effectivetool of scientific communication. It is related to nature and skies and at the sametime sparks a curiosity to explore more. Learning by doing; a teacher learning gyroscopic movement
2Our aim at SPACE is to ignite a spark in theteachers minds, of hands-on experiential science,so that this method gets ingrained in theirteaching methodology.Such innovative and practice oriented method isbound to inspire the students to pursue scienceand understand nature. Using a combination ofnature and technology, the training is focusedupon bringing a new dimension to the teachingand refreshing the teacher’s skills.With innovation in the classroom as its aim theprogram of ‘Hands on Science Teacher training’,has been developed and is conducted by SPACE .The essence of the program is, through theteachers reach students, who today facechallenges in understanding subjects such asmathematics and science, primarily because the Few concepts covered in the program are:logical premise of these subjects are not • Introduction to astronomy, cultural & social implicationsthoroughly delivered in the school curriculum. • Correlation of astronomy with regular school subjects • How is it a Tool for science communication?Recently., the program was implemented in 5 • Public outreach and impactdistricts of U.P. for 300 teachers; under the • Telescope – a science lab on its ownsponsorship of Council of Science & Technology, • Star Gazing and its organizationUP. Districts of Hardoi, Lucknow, Allahabad, • Internet as a tool for astronomyMeerut and Bijnore were covered. • Models and teaching aids for the classroom – how day to day material can be used
3ISS EarthKAMSPACE brought a NASA upcoming ISS orbit. It will also Embassy and Mr. Lalit Mohan make students aware of lightsponsored Educational program, enable the audience to learn Pande, Education Officer from pollution and how it affectsISS EarthKAM, to our schools on about flight dynamics and Earth North Zone joined as Guests of night sky viewing.1st and 2nd Feb 2012. from the unique perspective of Honour. Ms. Ritu Pathak, Principal space. of the school felicitated Dr. There are two more phases inThis program enabled school Nemiroff. March and April.students to take stunning, high SPACE brought this enthrallingquality images of Earth from a experience to CSE schoolsdigital camera aboard the Indraprastha, Dwarka and GISC (Great Indian StarInternational Space Station. Paschim Vihar, Step by Step Count)They selected the location of Noida, GD Goenka Rohini andtheir choice on Earth via a Bal Bharati Pitampurawhere awebsite interface which workshop for space clubs was SPACE as its initiative ‘Project Darkprovides the tools to look at the also conducted. Skies’ conducted a Great Indian Star Count (GISC) in collaboration with ‘GLOBE AT NIGHT’ during JanAPOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) 14th – 23rd and 2th - 21st Feb SPACE CLUB schools. 2012.Centre for StudentExcellence G.D Goenka, Rohini Dr. Robert Nemiroff presented GISC is an International Citizenorganized an interaction with an interactive session “Vistas of Science program to measure lightdistinguished astronomer Dr. Astronomy” which showcased a pollution simultaneously over theRobert Nemiroff, coordinator collection of the best videos on world. This program raises publicof APOD (Astronomy Picture of APOD. awareness on the impact of lightthe Day) at the school on Feb pollution by inviting participants to14th, 2012. Participants C.B. Devgun, SPACE presented measure their night sky brightnessincluded about a 100 students Astrophotography done by and submit observations.and teachers from CSE and SPACE team. Mr. Tim Neely, Chief, Environment, Science & SPACE has conducted GISC in an Technology Officer of U.S effort to bring back dark skies and
4MoonKAM project by SPACE Venus Transit(Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students)SPACE will bring GRAIL MoonKAM (Moon Knowledge Acquired by Middle A rare phenomena called ‘A Transit of Venus’ is going to occur onschool students) project to schools at the end of May. June 6th. The planet Venus will pass directly between the Sun andGRAILs signature education and public Earth, and will be seen as aoutreach program, led by Dr. Sally Ride small black dot traversing theand her team at UCSD. Students will solar disk. SPACE will beselect target areas on the lunar surface conducting the 3 step Vamanaand send requests to the GRAIL Project similar to that in 2004MoonKAM Mission Operations Center all over in India. The steps(MOC) and receive images of these consist of locationlocations. Images can be used to study measurement usinglunar features such as craters, highlands, Eratosthanes experiment,maria and future landing sites. measuring the elongation of Venus and observing the transit. Public watches and All India Asteroid Search Campaign astrophotography will also be set up at many locations. SPACE web portal on Venus Transit will provide detailed information.SPACE will organize All India Asteroid Search Campaign 2012 in the monthof April, for the third year, in a row, in collaboration with International Internet TelescopeAstronomical Search Collaboration and bring this opportunity to 75schools and organizations. SPACE is proud to launch ‘Internet Telescope’ in collaboration with IASC this year in April and will bring it toSince the last 2 Years SPACE has provided 80 schools and organizations. Selectedthis opportunity to School and College students will get an opportunity tostudents pan India as the Indian control telescopes remotely to see thecoordinator. Students in this project have night sky in the USA while sitting at theirhad amazing achievements including a desks in India. They can take in depthrare Trojan asteroid and 5 other pictures of celestial objects using andiscoveries in 2011. interface to a 10” and 16” telescopes located at the Ironwood North Observatory, in Arizona, US.
5 Astro-Tourism: Opportunities AboundAn exciting night under the sky filled with stars, spent unraveling the mysteries of the sky beholds a million memories.Travel enthusiasts across the world seek itineraries which are boutique in nature. The next big thing to hit the tourism industryis AstroTourism. IBT Berlin has already forecasted Astrotourism to be a worldwide trend in the times to come. Astrotourismwas identified as a ‘World Travel Trend’ in 2011, by Euromonitor, ahead of the world travel market 2011.The Astrotourism industry in the last few years has etched itself on the map of travel enthusiasts. With Astrotourism,opportunities to explore unique travel ideas has came into being. The gateway to explore astronomical sites, offering anintimate understanding of the sky above, alongside the breathtaking views of the place to be visited itself, is opening up.Astrotourism offers Astrophotography of the sky and the celestial events like the hide and seek of the sun and the moon in anEclipse or the blistering of the sky during a Meteor shower.Astrotourism is increasingly gaining attention as a business venture. It holdsa lot of opportunity for selling the international marketing campaign-Incredible India, through which various locations in India, be it a scientificsite or a scientific institution or any of the historical temples withastronomical significance can be brought into notice. This opens up a widemarket base for travel industry to tap into.India too is waking up to such tourism opportunities.The total solar eclipse of 2009 was witnessed by many in India especially inBihar. Though, at that time, the Government tourism boards missed to sellthe Indian Tourism destinations. But now, with Astrotourism gainingattention, as a trend, across the world, the Indian Government and theTourism board are also focusing on this opportunity and are lookingforward to promote Incredible India as the next Astrotourism destination.
6 SPACE as the pioneer in Astrotourism, in India, has seeded a business opportunity for travel industry professionals. An affiliate program for agents and travel companies has been started where reputed travel agents can now offer Astrotourism products to their client base and can immediately be at a unique stand in this overcrowded travel market. Products and services are being launched for various sectors be it FIT, MICE, Study Tours etc. Enthusiasts can book via the Astrotourism associates in their neighborhood. Astrotourism India (a subsidiary of SPACE) is fully equipped to offer such services like customized product development, resource training, activities and programs, observatory development, themed resort development, equipment and instruments and turn key project consultancy.2012 holds a stock of opportunities for Astrotourism, as there are wonderful celestial eventshappening in it. Here is a list of not to be missed events in 2012:• The foremost being the Transit of Venus (China, June) which will be a rare event that is to last for our lifetime as the next one occurs in 2117 (after 105.5 years)• Total Solar Eclipse (Australia, November), getting a good view of the sun’s faint corona is a one in a lifetime experience.• Annular Solar Eclipse (Hong Kong, May), Sun appears as a ring of fire, a superb event for astrophotography.Beyond these celestial extravaganzas, Astrotourism India will also organize exciting star parties,weekend packages and astrophotography workshops all throughout the year.
8 BEST PHOTOGRAPHS CLICKED DURING ISS EARTHKAM WORKSHOP (1st – 3rd Feb, 2012) Brazilian Coast - Jasmine Kaur, VIII, CSE Western Australia -Shubham Modi, CSE SBS, Indraprastha World School Paschim Vihar Noida Queensland – Saarthak Seth, X-H, CSE BBPS Indo-China Border, SPACE CLUB BBPS Brij Pitampura Vihar
9 CSE Student’s SpeakSidharth Katyal, X-H, CSE BBPS Pitampura says that the students and teachers workedhard to prepare an informative presentation to elucidate the details of Total Lunar Eclipseon 10th December 2011. The audience was awestricken with the diligently compiled rareand less known facts and figures on the Eclipse. The viewing of the Eclipse was a specialattraction because of the scientific telescopes and cameras installed.My Astronomical Experience of Shantanu Raoke, class VIII, CSE SBS Noida class 8 wasamazing as he learned new concepts, did new activities and had quizzes, workshops andan interaction with Mr. C.B. Devgun, Astronomer and President of SPACE foundation. Thething he liked about the Astronomy class was that there were not just only theory but hadpractical activities too.
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