Project Paridhi

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Overview


A fun-filled hands on science project outdoors, measure sun shadows and find the circumference of the Earth accurately! Replicate what Eratosthenes, an ancient Greek astronomer did 3000 years back.

‘Project Paridhi’ is a flagship project of SPACE, to popularize hands on science, students find out the circumference of the Earth by taking measurements of the shadows made by the sun in a day, as done 3000 years back by astronomer Eratosthenes, who was able to measure it within 2% of the present accepted value. This project was initiated 7 years ago in 2010 with the intention to increase awareness amongst Indians that science can be done without any complicated equipment.

It is a showcase for proving that science can be best learnt by doing. It is open to all age groups and the public. It is typically conducted on days of Equinoxes and Solstices. ‘Project Paridhi’ is a science experimentation project by SPACE to popularize hands on science.

Description of Activity
This is hands on science activity which involves measuring the length of shadows cast by a vertical object (gnomon) as cast by the sun, to determine the local noon. Simple trigonometry leads to the calculation of the circumference using the measured sun angle. The activity replicates that done by Eratosthenes.

Learning Outcomes and Benefits to Schools
Participants learn basic concepts of science in a fun way with hands on science and use geometry and trigonometry. Some are trained as Earth Scientists and conduct the training, which hones leadership skills. Schools can host this for the neighbourhood to showcase their schools.

Current Programme


Celebrate Vernal Equinox with SPACE in 5 cities, Chennai, Dehradun , Delhi-NCR, Ludhiana and Surat on March 20, 2017.

SPACE encourages everyone to join Project Paridhi – flagship project by SPACE to do the hands on science activity. Replicate Eratosthenes activity and calculate the circumference of the Earth using simple sun shadows measurements.

To do the same, SPACE is providing an opportunity in the upcoming celestial occurrence, Vernal Equinox, on March 20, 2017 to all schools and general public for a special conduction of our flagship programme ‘Project Paridhi’ where a large number of students will be able to participate, conducted by our Educators.

All Schools are welcome to register till registrations are closed by March 15, 2017 and participate to celebrate Vernal Equinox.

Reports


To see how we have taken Project Paridhi over the years to people from all walks of life and various age groups click on the links below and read on.

March’14
SPACE celebrated the first day of spring with its associated schools at Jantar Mantar by measuring the Earth

June’14
SPACE conducted Project Paridhi for students and public on summer solstice at India Gate

The Experiment

This project involves reading of shadows cast by a gnomon at local noon. This can be done at one location, or by a pair of teams at locations along the same longitude on the globe. For example, cities like New Delhi, Bangalore and Alma-ta in Kazakhstan fall almost with one degree of longitude and readings taken at the same time from these cities can tell us about the size and shape of the Earth. This experiment can be performed on any day but conduction on the special days of SOLSTICE AND EQUINOX is preferred, as the position of the sun on these days directly overhead on the Tropics of Capricorn or Cancer or the equator, makes the sun angle equal to or directly related to the latitude of the location. This makes the experiment easier to conduct and also helps in the understanding of solstice and equinox.

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To know more about the experiment, see the following –
What is solstice and equinox
Eratosthenes and the Experiment
How to do the Eratosthenes Experiment
Frequently Asked Questions

Student Earth Scientist

2015
Special teams of students, as nominated by the schools are trained in technical aspects and conduction of Project Paridhi from 15 different schools. They will further conduct the activity at each of their schools to enable a maximum number of students to participate in this activity. These students will form a team of trained ‘Student Earth Scientists’ who will assist SPACE in this conduction, and who may volunteer to help in further conductions and rest who did not qualify can help in assistance.
Following is the list of Student Earth Scientists 2015:
Modern Delhi Public School, Sector-87, Faridabad
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Aastha Verma Ravikul Rao Prerna Sharma
Aayush Anand Shaurya Mehra Ramayanam Jyothirmayi Lakshmi Sruthi
Aayushi Singh Aadika Bhatia Roy George
Anuj Sharma Aditi Jindal Shobhit Kumar Bisw
Kanav Malhotra Aditya Ahuja Siddhaant Gulati
Piyush S Wandile Aditya Aggarwal Vani Dhaka
Riddhi Ananya Dogra Vasu Tanwar
Sajal Gupta Anirwan Banerjee Ashish Pattanaik
Sameep Monga Khushi Goel Daksh Singh Sangwan
Taniya Dahiya Madhav Kumar Malik Jiya Kathuria
Anmol Gupta Mayank Nahelia Adya Aggarwal
Anuj Chaudhary Mishti Ghosal Khushi Mishra
Vansh Kushwaha Neha Pal Krisha Khandelw
Hardhik Aggarwal Pratham Pandey
Khushi Dhall Pratham Goel
St. Thomas School, Dwarka DL DAV Model School, Shalimar Bagh The Heritage School, Vasant Kunj
Chaahat Arora Pulkit Bansal Kaustubh Srivastava
Rupanshi Bhatnagar Rohan Bhatia Archana Athotra
Aamod Kulkarni Divy Sharma Akshita Dutta Gupta
Tanmay Verma Samar Pratap Singh Nandini Narula
Aryan Bhatia Poorna Juneja Rohit Arora
Saksham Jain Parkhi Dangx Tanya Arora
Nishtha Gaur Kanisha Aggarwal
Saumya Nehal Mishra
Kshitij
Sachdeva Global School Bal Bharati Public School, Noida The Indian Heights School, Dwarka
Rudra Pratap Singh Manav Vaid Akshita Ramola
Ananya Pant Tarun Ajay Singh Manish
Moksha Saraswati Siddharth Singh Nandini
Sanskar Sogani Vatsal Mittal Shalvika Pandey
Sahil Verma Samarth Juyal Shivansh Thaker
Utkarsh Choudhary
Abhijit Pandey
Karan Negi
Yash Garg
Aadeesh Garg
Hrithik Joshi
Delhi Public School, Greater Faridabad Apeejay School, Faridabad Kulachi Hansraj Model School, Ashok Vihar
Ishan Singh Kamlakshi Khanna Runishka
Tamanna Singh Ayanika Hajra Joeell Singh
Anushka Goyal Shefali Aggarwal Manas Gupta
Vrinda Batra Ananya Gupta Dhwaj Gupta
Shreya Singh Lakkshya Gupta
Ribhu Sehgal Ram Malik
AMITY International School, Mayur Vihar Nation Victor Public School, Patparganj Presidium School, Sec-57, Gurgaon
Adwita Manocha Bhumi Gupta Runishka
Ananya Choudhary Pradyumn Pandey Joeell Singh
Kushal Kapoor Bhanu Khetharpal Manas Gupta
Mridul Vatsal Dhwaj Gupta
Akshat Bhardwaj Lakkshya Gupta
Bhragu Bindal Ram Malik
Indraprastha International School, Dwarka Contd. Contd.
Harshita Shokeen Prachi Mittal Shreya Malik
Divyanshu Sachdeva Vansh Chopra Somya Tomar
Siddhath Sehrawat Shivam Goswami Urvi Jha
Soumya Dhingra Sukriti Sharma Jefrin Puthusseril
Tushar Sharma Tanishq Midha Lishica Kapoor
Laksh Dey
Delhi Public School, Sector-19, Faridabad Contd. Contd.
Shorya Gupta Ankur Sharma Vedansh Kakkar
Aneemesh Aditi Khanna Devanshi Gupta
Vidhish Saksham Bhandari Avii Ahuja
Sejal Kakkar Yashika Bondwal Kashika Tuteja
Shashank Sengar Amaan Ul Haque Aditi Sisodia
Sampreet Suri Anshuman Malik Prakhar Agarwal
Siddhant Bansal Harshita Chindalia Vasudha Dahiya
Dikshant Gupta Nimisha Khanna Ishaan Watts
Khushi Aggarwal Yash Abrol Jeh Singh Malik
Divyam Singal Harsh Gupta Ravista Gandhi
Samarrth Khanna Gitika Yadav Khushee Grover
Monarch Mittal Reem Gandhi Kashish Mittal
Tanmay Grover Ananya Bansal
Aadya Gupta Priyanshi Gupta
Grishya Dhingra Garvita Chopra
Shrey Chandra Varad Rajesh Badhe

2014 Below is the complete list of 253 Student Earth Scientists from 19 schools who conducted Project Paridhi during Autumn Equinox with the help of the complete training given to them by SPACE in 2014.   Amity International School, Pushp ViharAmity International School, SaketApeejay school, PitampuraNaman BarejaAnsh KapoorPrajit BhadauriaUtkarsh JainEklavya SinghChaitanya ChhabraSamaksh GuptaKhushi AroraRitwik aroraAdvika SareenDipannita ChoudhuryAbhi gawandeLavanya SehrawatPallav MattaAbhimanyu barunAshita GuptaAranshu ModiShivam shuklaSomya SahniLavannya ChopraRitika sethiLavanya KandhariShivam VermaRahil rajGaurav PatiAakshi SharmaAkshat anandKanika SharmaSejal Mangla       Bal Bharati Public School, RohiniBal Bharati Public School, Ganga Ram Hospital Marg
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Kartikey AgarwalRaghav KhandelwalAsim RajvanshiManan Anand Divansha GoelIshan BudhirajaAdil Sikka Vaibhav GargAditya JainKritika KakkarHimani PhalwariaShivam MahajanShreyansh Shubham Anishka DograTanishq KhandelwalKhushi Garg Kushgra JainPrakhar KhandelwalGautam Sachdeva Avil GoelTanish GuptaRavjot SinghAtishay JainDishita GuptaRishabh Jindal Dhruv DubeyMann BajpaiShreya JainSimrat SinghSaiyam Sharma Chirag Chaddha Anuj Kamal GoelLovenaya JainRaghav Gupta Bhaanu AshokAkshat AnandaAyush Sonim Archit GuptaCahitanya DhawanDivyanshGirliv SinghVanshika GargNitya BhasinSatvik BhardwajChahat Jain Pankhuri SharmaVishal TyagiAditi Anand Dev MalikAhad AlamNayonika AroraAastha Shekhar Saksham GuptaPoornima Gupta Gaurav Madan       Bal Bharati Public School, NoidaDAV Public School, Gurgaon Contd.Robin BhattAadishri SoniRachit GuptaNitinDaivik HasijaSanchit VermaUjjwala KanyalNitish KapurShrirang KhachaneSamarth JuyalTanya MahajanVaibhav SaxenaKanika SoodChirag KalraYash AggarwalAnurag GoswamiNupur BaralManan AggarwalAastha GuptaAqankshaAbhishek BrennanRuchaDeep ChhabraAkshat VermaArpit SrivastavaYashvardhan GaurDivyanshu GuptaAlankrit RajAnmol BansalKhushi Chhillar Geetika ChhikaraSuyash Nain Kartik ChindaTanu Taneja Kirti Sharma  Shristi Bawari  Teena Siingh  Yajus Gakhar  Aayush Krishnan  Deeksha Sharma       Delhi Public School, Greater FaridabadITL Public School, DwarkaIndraprastha World School, Paschim ViharShashank KirtaniaNoor DewanKirti ChandelRidham BhagatAditi GuptaTejal Padam Devansh PunjUpali GiriSaiyam ChhabraAkhil BabbarHarshdeep SinghKunalAryan BansalMegumi SharmaChiragAnoushka MishraSoumya MehtaDhrishJanvi KukrejaVansh GautamShivika Sanya MalikVidhi  HarshvardhanShrey Syed Arfan KayumAryan Arya  Mantegh Singh AnandSimran Ria Singhvishesh Rohan Sharma  Naman Jain  Raghav Jain        Indraprastha International School, DwarkaKhaitan Public School, NoidaPresidium School, IndirapuramGandharv MohanDhruv MittalAniket MohranaSiddharth BhanArnav Singh Shubika AgarwalGurashish Singh Satyam Mishra Siddhant ShinghalHarshit GargPragatya Aryan GoelSaniya ChopraSomansh Varun KaulAashi Choudhary Sanjeevani Shukla Srushti DubeKashish AnandAryan Pandey Kavya LilhareOshin SainiAadityan SunilAkruti SharmaAyushiManav GuptaAditya Dhanraj SinghShaurya ChaadakAdhyan MallVedant LaurAkhil JainGunjanIsha ChopraMayank MishraPragya KapoorVedansh Maheshwari Samar DhyaniKarthik Siddharth SadhwaniChirag  Mallika Mathur       Ryan Int. School, Sector 25, RohiniSachdeva Public School, RohiniSt. Columba’s School, Ashoka RoadAadit GoelKaneeka KalraSiddharth JainNipoon MannShefali MittalAbdullah HaneefKinshuk SharmaTushar AgarwalRishabh DhimanJalaj AggarwalAakash SinhaGurkirat SinghAkshit RaoMukulRaghav NayyarSiddharth WadhwaKushagraViren HemrajaniYuvraj SonejaAkshat JainYatharth DhingraMukund SainiMithlesh BeniwalRagghav SunejaAkshay AnandRudraksh GuptaAkhil YadavDev ChhariaAjay SharmaSidharrth Kr. Singh Arjun KaushikC V Sagar Kunal KhandelwalSirshak Sarkar Prince VermaFaraz Suhail Mridul SachdevaSaurabh Soreng Naman GuptaJashn Tyagi       Contd.The Maurya School, GurgaonVSPK School, RohiniAryaman KalraTushar YadavPratham AggarwalVarun ShrivastavaDhruv SinghalTushar MittalAbhishek SharmaSomil LuthraShaswat RathiAkshat BansalNitin ChhillarAnurag RajputAryan BansalRipudaman Singh Hrishbh GoelSanjit Mullick Harsh airnMadhav Mehta Avnish KansalKevin bansal Kartikay SharmaArnav singh Durgesh BatraDebar pan Chatterjee Shaurya Dagar

Achievements


Project Paridhi is a flagship programme of SPACE and has achieved many credits:

  • Launched in 2010, 5000 students and public from different parts of India have taken part in Project Paridhi.
  • Paridhi has been conducted at landmarks like Jantar Mantar, Qutab Minar and the sundial at Barapullah flyover and at locations in Chennai and Ludhiana.
  • It has been accredited in a report on ‘Astronomy in public places’ by French Professors, Mr. Prof Denis Savoie and Prof Bonnet Bidaud.
  • VIPs such as DG of Archaeological Survey of India and Deputy CM Delhi, Mr. Manish Sisodia have graced conductions and encouraged the students.
  • Earth’s circumference has been calculated to upto 99% accuracy in this project.

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