Schoolchildren get a peep into astronomy
Schoolchildren were introduced to the field of astronomy and explained in detail about various celestial objects such as planets, stars, and the moon during a workshop at Anna Science Centre-Planetarium in the city on Tuesday.
The one-day workshop on “Transits, eclipses and other celestial events” was jointly organised by Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Centre, Chennai, and Anna Science Centre-Planetarium, Tiruchi.
The event was supported by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication and Department of Science and Technology (DST), New Delhi.
The objective of the event is to popularise astronomy, the mother of all sciences, among children. It aims at educating the children about basic concepts in astronomy, according to I.K. Lenin Tamilkovan, project director, Anna Science Centre-Planetarium.
The workshop is among a series of workshops planned to be conducted in 10 locations across Tamil Nadu, according to S. Soundararajaperumal, Joint Director, Periyar Science and Technology Centre, Chennai. “The first phase comprising five locations started off on Monday in Coimbatore, Tuesday in Tiruchi, and the rest will follow in Mayiladuthurai, Vellore, and Chennai. This will be followed by the second phase for which we are in the process of deciding locations,” he said. The programme comprised lectures on sky observation, planets, and evolution of stars (stellar evolution).
Mr. Soundararajaperumal and Biman Basu, former editor, Science Reporter , delivered the lectures. The interactive lectures were followed by a sun spot observation using a “sun spotter”, a foldable telescope especially designed for the purpose of closely viewing the sun. This activity was followed by a sky observation programme in the evening. The programme was meant for schoolchildren belonging to class 9 and above.
Four students from each school accompanied by one teacher were allowed to participate. One hundred and fifty six participants from more than 25 schools in Tiruchi, Pudukkottai, Vedarangam, and Lalgudi took part in the workshop.http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 628975.ece