Project Paridhi-“LET’S MEASURE THE EARTH AGAIN”
To understand the importance of Equinoxes and Solstices, students find out the circumference of the Earth by taking measurements of the shadows made by the sun in a day, as done 2300 years back by astronomer Eratosthenes, who was able to measure it within 2% of the present accepted value. This helped to increase awareness amongst students that science can be done without any complicated equipment.
Vikram Sarabhai Quiz Championship 2019
On 12th August, 2019, UITS celebrated 100th birth commemoration of Dr. Vikram Ambalal Sarabhai who is viewed as the Father of Indian Space program. On this auspicious occasion, UITS conducted its spic and span event Vikram Sarabhai Quiz Championship 2019.
This title is solely for UITS school students which gives them a self-evaluation instrument to recognize their very own qualities. Quiz is a mind sport which prepares one’s explanatory, basic, and brisk intuition alongside top to bottom research. It empowers understudies to build up their insight into the theme, think about different perspectives and acknowledge that, as people, there will vary points of view on any subject territory. This will give a deft stage to every equipped Astronomy fans to exhibit their insight.
Scientific Interaction Program for Inspiring Students (SIPIS.Box)
SPACE periodically organizes an event SIPIS.box, a platform to Universe in the School Programme (UITS) students to inspire and interact with famous personalities in the field of Astronomy. Students get an opportunity to interact with eminent scientists, astronomers and visiting astronauts.
It is a great opportunity for students to meet such eminent people. Students get a chance to share their ideas, views and create a platform where an exchange of knowledge takes place. It helps students to enhance their analytical, critical and quick thinking, explore questions of identity, note-taking, speed reading, and in-depth research Schools also get the privilege of hosting and meeting with high profile names in these fields, brought by SPACE as exclusive opportunities to associated schools.
Recent interactions include a fireside chat with Dr. Koushik Chaterjee, Doctoral Candidate at the University of Amsterdam. He worked with the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) theory team, which helped to interpret the recently released black hole image using multiple simulations. Also, he is working on projects related to theories of Astrophysical processes. The topic of the interaction was “First Ever Picture of Black Hole”.
National Science Day
February 28 is celebrated as the National Science Day to mark Dr. C.V. Raman’s discovery of the Raman Effect for which he also received the Nobel Prize in Physics on 28th February 1930.
This major scientific achievement is celebrated across India during which students of the UITS schools and colleges demonstrate various science projects, as well as national and state science institutions, to demonstrate their latest research.
Dr Kalam Debate Competition
Every year SPACE is organizing “Dr. Kalam Debate Competition” on October 15th to tribute “Missile Man of India” Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, exclusively enrolled for our Universe in the School (UITS) Program, which provides a platform to highly competent Astronomy enthusiasts to showcase their knowledge.
Debating helps to develop essential critical thinking skills – the ability to make reasoned and well thought out arguments in addition to questioning the evidence behind a particular stance or conclusion. The debate is a sport which trains one’s analytical, critical, and quick thinking, persuasive speaking, note-taking, speed reading, and in-depth research.
The debate does not only teach an individual how to articulate his/her thoughts but also hone essential life skills. It aims to see the power of deploying rational, reasoned arguments and compelling evidence in an action that increases the student retention of information learned. It enables students to develop their knowledge on the topic, consider multiple viewpoints and accept that, as individuals, there will be differing perspectives on any topic area. Importantly, students need to engage in research to develop their understanding of the evidence that aligns with either in favor or against perspective in the debates.