Global Astronomy Month

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Overview


Conduct and participate in Astronomy events to promote Astronomy with ‘SPACE and Astronomers Without Borders’ . Participate in observing, Astronomy arts, virtual online observing! The best events win prizes!

Global Astronomy month (GAM) is organized every year in April by the international organization Astronomers Without Borders (AWB), with an aim to unite enthusiasts worldwide in celebrating Astronomy following AWB’s motto – One People, One Sky. SPACE conducts a variety of astronomy programmes for students and the public during this month to partner with GAM in creating interest in Astronomy.

Description of Activity
SPACE proposes a bouquet of GAM and general astronomy programmes to associated schools. Schools conduct events in categories such as Observing events with Global Star Parties and ‘SUNDay’, Virtual online programmes, AstroArts and competitions. Several students have won prizes in GAM Astropoetry and Astroart competition internationally. Many students contributed stunning photos in Astrophotography. Several schools log in to Virtual telescope observations. SPACE has also initiated awards to schools for maximum participation, most innovative event and most number of events which are given annually.

Started in SPACE schools from 2012, in the last few years SPACE schools have been appreciated for high level of participation and posting on social media.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits to Schools
SPACE schools conduct exciting events during GAM to promote participation. Even very young students have joined the online observation programmes. Students build skills in event planning and conduction and learn the science behind each event. Schools use GAM as an opportunity to invite parents, to showcase their clubs.

FOR DETAILS REGARDING GAM 2018 EVENTS and TO REGISTER, PLEASE GO TO ‘CURRENT PROGRAMME TAB

Current Programme

All schools are encouraged to conduct or compete one or more of these astronomy events in April to popularize astronomy in their schools. Schools are requested to register all the events with SPACE a week before the conduction date and send an event report within 3 days of completion of the event so SPACE can publicize the event on GAM and elsewhere.

The compiled report of Global Astronomy Month for the whole month can be sent by . Out of the gamut of activities that AWB proposed this year, SPACE has selected activities under different categories for our client schools.

We encourage schools to conduct one or more activities for their students and send the reports to SPACE. The reports will be further sent by us to GAM/AWB.

Completed reports need to be submitted by April 28th.

Register your planned events here by April 15:
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Art title/ caption in 30-35 words, your name, class and email address where you can be contacted, and your category.

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SPACE is one of the key organisations globally, partnering to strengthen the cause of GAM and AWB. The trailer showcases many SPACE associated schools participating in GAM.
Category 1: SPACE RECOMMENDED GAM ACTIVITIES
The complete list of activities with dates, submission links and guides can be found here:
S. No. Activity Name Activity type Date Description
1. Global Star Party Observation April 5-15, 2018 Global Star Party is the time to come out and observe the evening and night sky with your own telescope or naked eye. Hold observing parties at your school
Post: Post conduction images and descriptions on any FB page with #spaceindia #GAM2018 #GlobalStarParty
2. Lunar Explorations
(GUIDE)
Observation April 20-29, 2018

With help of telescope and maps, the challenge is to observe and identify five lunar feature

  1. Crater Gassendi

  2. Crater Fracastorius

  3. Crater Plato

  4. Crater Theophilus

  5. Crater Eratosthenes

Take conduction pics and send it along with report. During and just after conduction, post any relevant pics on social media with #spaceindia #GAM2018 #LunarExplorations

3. AstroPoetry Contest Competition 1 April-25 April, 2018

Submit 5 poems in each age category per school, in word/text format – about any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject. All entries will be submitted to GAM for the international Astropoetry competition and judged by them.

Rules

  • Poems may be in any style or form.
  • They should be less than 30 lines in length.
  • Entries should be Original (plagiarized entries will be disqualified) . Teachers need to check this beforehand

Categories are:
1. Children grades 1-6
2. Children & Young Adults grades 7-12
3. Open (Adults)

How to submit (Last date is April 25)

The required fields include :

Art title/ caption in 30-35 words, your name, class and email address where you can be contacted, and your category.
Submit

4. AstroArt Contest Competition April 5-20, 2018

Submit best 5 paintings in each category from each school on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject. All entries will be submitted to GAM for the international Astroart competition to be judged by them.
The 4 Categories are:

1. Young Children – 7 and under

2. Youth – 8-12

3. Teen – 13-17

4. Adults – 18+
Contest Rules
The artwork must be submitted digitally, so if you have created a physical piece. Please submit a high quality photograph of the work, making sure it is clear and easy to see.
How to submit (Last date is 20 April)

The required fields include :

Art title/ caption in maximum 40 words. Write your name, SPACE-India on the right bottom side of Painting.
Submit

5. SunDay Observation April 14/15 or 21/22,’18 Observe the Sun, our star with various safe methods to appreciate its presence and importance. Host a solar observing event.
Post on social media with #SPACEIndia #GAM2018 #SUNDay
6. Globe at Night
(GUIDE)

Observation April 6-15, 2018 An international citizen-science campaign to raise public awareness of the impact of light pollution by measuring the night sky brightness and submitting their observations.

7. Cosmic Concert Competition April 26, 2018 (19:00-20:30 UT)
00:30 IST on Apr 27
Cosmic Concert 2018 is a collection of compositions and improvisations conceived as a visual and poetic exploration of the universe. Giovanni Renzo will perform his music drawing inspiration from the videos and photos contributed by the people around the world.
Watch it live
8. Celestial Police
(GUIDE)
Observation Mid April (5-15) In this students have to track the dwarf planet Ceres in its orbital path using a binocular and the guidelines given to them for their reference.
9. Opticks Observation April 15, 2018 (16:00 UT)
19:30 IST
It’s a live Networking performance between the Earth and the moon, during which images are transmitted to the Moon and back as radio signals in real time. Students can see this image conversion and its live performance on Facebook and they can share their experience on Facebook using @SpaceTechnology&Education and #GAM2018 (@gam_awb) and #Opticks
Watch it live
10. International Dark Sky Week
(GUIDE)
Observation April 15-22, 2018 Host a star party to introduce the idea of preserving a dark night sky or evaluate your own lighting to make sure that it is dark friendly to raise awareness of how poor- quality lighting creates light pollution. Talk to neighbours or RWA about how to conserve light.
Share the observation and photographs with us on Facebook using hashtags
@SpaceTechnology&Education, @GAM2018, @IDSW2018 or Tweet using #SPACEIndia, #GAM2018 (@gam_awb), #IDSW2018 (@IDADarkSky)
Category 2: SPACE RECOMMENDED OTHER ACTIVITIES
S. No. Activity Name Date Description
1. Yuri’s Night Celebration April 12, 2018

An international celebration held on every April 12 to commemorate milestones in space exploration. It is named after Yuri Gagarin, the first human to launch into space on April 12, 1961 in Vostok Capsule.
Write short messages of maximum 20 words in word format describing how you are inspired by Yuri Gagarin. Write your name and school name in that document.
Collect the 2 best messages from each school (April 1st to 7th) Send it to us via mail at outreach@space-india.com
The best messages will be highlighted on our website!

2. Earth Day Celebrations
(Find Out More)
April 22, 2018 Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22. On this day, various events worldwide are held to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. Celebrate with activities and post to social media with hashtags #SPACEIndia #GAM2018 #EarthDay2018

3. Aryabhata: Remembering India’s First Artificial Satellite April 19, 2017 Aryabhata was India’s first satellite, named after the first of the major mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy. Aryabhata was launched by India on 19 April 1975. In this students can participate in model making competition of Aryabhata and have an essay competition, quiz , PPTon the highlights of Aryabhata launch.
Report on @GAM2018 and @SpaceTechnology&Education on Facebook by tagging and hashtags on Twitter #SPACEIndia and #GAM2018. Send a report to SPACE with participation details on completion of this event. Take pictures of students doing this activity and send it in.

Details

Particulars Description
Registration Register your planned events here by April 15 Click Here
Report Report your event within 3 days of conduction
Last Date to send the Reports April 28, 2018
Social Media Append SPACE India to your school name while posting (ex. SPACE India – Bal Bharati Public School).
FaceBook: @SpaceTechnology&Education, #SPACEIndia,  #GAM2018
Twitter:  @Spacian, #SPACEIndia , @gam_awb, #GAM2018
YouTube: Upload the video and share the link on Facebook and Twitter
Awards Categories (For Schools) 1- Maximum Number of Activities performed
Based on reports submitted for each event conducted or a final report listing all events, NOT based on initial registration.
2- Most Innovative Activity
Based on reports submitted for each event and the month end report with new and innovative ideas.
3- Largest Gathering at a Single Activity
Based on reports submitted. Please include estimates of participation and photos of groups at the event.
Announcement Date of Award Winners May 31
Certificates All participating schools with complete report
The winning school under the above mentioned categories will receive a trophy at SPACE Annual Meet for the year.

Please send your AstroArt and AstroPoetry submissions by e-mail to the shared mail ID

Achievements

2018

GAM 2018 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

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GAM 2018 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:

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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2018 under performance based categories:

Maximum number of activities performed by St. Thomas School, Dwarka, delhi

Most innovative activity by Ryan International School, Vasant Kunj, Delhi

Largest gathering at a single activity by K.R. Mangalam World School, Vikaspuri, Delhi

All participating schools will be given a participation certificate.

Congratulations! to the winners.


2017

GAM 2017 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

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GAM 2017 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:

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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2017 under performance-based categories:

Maximum Number of Activities performed:
Winner: G.D. Goenka Public School, Sector-9, Rohini, Delhi.
Special Mention: Shri Natesan Vidyasala Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Mannivakkam, Chennai.

Most innovative activity:
Winner: K.R. Mangalam World School, GK-II, Delhi.
Special Mention: Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura, Delhi.

Largest gathering at a single activity:
Winner: Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar, Delhi.
Special Mention: Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School, BRS Nagar, Ludhiana.

All participating schools will be given a participation certificate.

The winning schools under the above mentioned categories will receive a trophy from SPACE at its SPACE Annual Meet of the year.

Congratulations! to the winners.

All winning participants and schools will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet of the year.


2016

GAM 2016 Children’s AstroPoetry Contest Winners:

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GAM 2016 Children’s AstroArt Contest Winners:

1- Category: 6 years and under

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2- Category: 7-10 years

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3- Category:11-14 years

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4- Category:15-18 years

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SPACE announces winners of GAM 2016 under performance based categories:

Maximum number of activities performed:
CSE Winner: Indraprastha International School, Sector-10, Dwarka
Club Winner: Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg

Most innovative activity:
CSE Winner: G.D. Goenka Public School, Sector 9, Rohini
Club Winner: Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg tied with KIIT World School, Pitampura

Largest gathering at a single activity:
CSE Winner: Indraprastha International School, Sector-10, Dwarka tied with Bal Bharati Public School, Pitampura
Club Winner: Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad tied with Presidium, Gurgaon

All participating schools will be given a participation certificate.

The winning schools under the above mentioned categories will receive a trophy from SPACE at its SPACE Annual Meet of the year.

Congratulations! to the winners.

All winning participants and schools will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet of the year.


2015

SPACE would like to recognise the following school for enthusiastic, large and innovative participation during GAM 2015. All winning schools will be felicitated at SPACE Annual Meet 2015. Congratulations!

GAM WINNERS:

1. Maximum number of events
Indraprastha International School, Dwarka tied with GD Goenka Public School, Sector-9, Rohini
SPACE Club Winners: Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad
Runner Up: Amity International School, Sector-6, Vasundhara

2. Maximum participants at a single event

Indraprastha World School, Paschim Vihar
SPACE Club Winners: Amity International School, Sector-46, Gurgaon

3. Most innovative event

GD Goenka Public School, Sector-9, Rohini
SPACE Club Winners: Bal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg

GAM 2015 ASTROPOETRY WINNERS:
AWB has announced winners for Astropoetry 2015.
We are proud to congratulate SPACE associated students as listed who are among the winners:

Mohd. Ashaz from G.D.Goenka Public School, Sarita Vihar has won Third Place in Children’s Category

Noopur Vats from Bal Bharti Public School, Pitampura has won Honourable Mention in Young Adult Category

GAM Astropoetry 2015 Complete List:
Children’s Category:

First Place – Isabelle Byren, Stockholm, Sweden for “The Moon”
Second Place – Emilia Russell Blom, Stockholm, Sweden for “Stars”
Third Place – Mohd. Ashaz, New Delhi, India
Honorable Mention – Grim Immelsjo , Stockholm, Sweden for “Gravity is a force”

Young Adult Category:
First Place – Julia Theiss, Woodbury, MN, USA for “Nocturne”
Second Place – Francisco José Pinto Pires, Vila Real, Portugal
Third Place – Edgardo X, Fort Worth, Texas
Honourable Mention – Noopur Vats, New Delhi, India

Adult Category:
First Prize – Cristina Ciurez Craiova, Romania for “Origins”
Second Prize – Jennie King, Bailey, CO, USA for “Home”
Third Prize – Annie Gilliland, Arlington, VA, USA for “Nomad”
Honourable Mention – Christina Sng, Singapore for “Life on Titan”

A trophy would be presented to the winners associated with SPACE during the SPACE Annual Meet in November.

All the participating schools will also be given a Letter of Appreciation and their volunteering students will be given a Letter of Participation by SPACE in acknowledgment of their efforts.

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