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.

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.

The following lists the conduction that has completed in April 2017, to give a sample of the kind of activities held.
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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
S. No. Activity Name Activity type Date Description
1. Global Star Party Observation April 1-7, 2017 Global Star Party is the time to come out and observe the evening and night sky with your own telescope or naked eye.
2. Online Messier Marathon
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Online observation April 5, 2017 With the use of robotic telescopes, a chance to observe various Messier objects and a chance to participate in the Messier Marathon sitting at home.
3. Lunar Explorations
Guide for Activity
Observation April 6-10, 2017

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

  1. Crater Gassendi

  2. Sinus Iridum

  3. Crater Plato

  4. Crater Cichus

  5. Crater Eratosthenes
4. AstroPoetry Contest
Submission
Competition April 5-15, 2017

Submit Best 5 poems in each category from each school on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject. Categories are:

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

5. AstroArt Contest
Submission
Competition April 5-15, 2017

Submit Best 5 paintings in each category from each school on any astronomy, night sky, or space-related subject. Categories are:

1. Young Children – 7 and under
2. Youth – 8-12
3. Teen – 13-17
4. Adults – 18+

6. SunDay Observation April 16-17 & April 23-24, 2017 Observe the Sun, our star with various safe methods to appreciate its presence and importance.
7. Globe at Night
Guide for Activity
Observation April 18-25, 2017 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.
Category 2: SPACE RECOMMENDED OTHER ACTIVITIESs
S. No. Activity Name Date Description
1. Yuri’s Night Celebration
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April 12, 2017

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. The launch of STS-1, the first Space Shuttle mission, is also honoured, as it was launched 20 years later on April 12, 1981.

Collect the 2 best messages from students from Each school (April 1st to 7th) & those messages will be sent to Russian Space  Center

2. Earth Day Celebrations April 22, 2017 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.
3. Hubble Space Telescope Annual Anniversary April 24, 2017 Celebrate the 27th anniversary of Hubble Space Telescope (HST) on April 24. HST, a joint project of NASA and ESA has made many contributions that has revolutionized our understanding of Universe.

Details

Particulars Description
Registration Register your event a week before the conduction date of the event at Click Here
Report Report your event within 3 days of conduction
Last Date to send the Reports April 24
Social Media Append SPACE India to your school name while posting (ex. SPACE India – Bal Bharati Public School).
FaceBook: @SpaceTechnology&Education, #SPACEIndia, #GAM2017
Twitter: @Spacian, #SPACEIndia , @gam_awb, #GAM2017
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

2017

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.

Gallery


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