Space Club program for schools in India aim to teach students life skills through the intelligent application of astronomy and space science concepts. Space Clubs have been running successfully for the past 12 years in over 250 schools of Delhi and NCR and is now active in Ludhiana and Chennai as well.
The club brings the student closer to the environment through its astronomy based outdoor activities. Space Club’s out of the box activities (like outdoor trips, hands-on activities) inculcate scientific temper & the love for science and environment amongst the students. The modules, which are among the best implemented educational science modules in the world, have been developed in-house by our research team.
Students have the opportunity to enroll in the Space Club, which offers certification courses in astronomy and space science education at two levels, Beginners and Intermediate. The courses include outdoor scientific camps, and day and evening observations carried out within and outside the school campus. The students primarily learn science by observing and analyzing objects around them. The courses teach budding astronomers various skills including – Focusing a telescope on a celestial object, Identifying celestial objects, Identifying directions without aid, Finding local time, astrophotography and many more.
As a Space Club member, the students can:
- Participate in national and International competitions and projects organized by SPACE, NASA, ESA and RSA, ISRO, etc.
- Widen the scope of their education in STEM fields by learning about various concepts of Astronomy such as observing tools like telescopes (Reflector and Refractor), binoculars and astrophotography
- Interact with astronomers and educators from SPACE
- Interact with international peers through exchange programs
- Attend workshops
- Enjoy hands-on science activities
- Participate in Outreach events and programmes
- Plan and conduct an exclusive ‘Astronomy Day’, the culmination of all activities learnt during the session, to showcase what students have learnt, to schools and parentsCertification – Space Club prepares students for the future by equipping them with the right knowledge and tools to help them follow their dreams. Space honors these students by awarding them an ‘Amateur Astronomer’ certificate after successful completion of the Space Club program.
Space Club offers two modules under the program:
Module – 1 “Fun with the Universe”
Module – 2 “Exploring the Universe”
Space Club Module-1- Fun with the Universe
“Fun with Universe” is the beginner level program for young astronomy enthusiasts. The program is based on basic concepts of astronomy that affects day to day life, nature and surroundings, introduced through hands-on learning techniques.
Salient Features of Space Club Module-1
The Program is designed for students from 6th class onwards
The Program consists of 24 sessions which are covered in 10 days during the academic year. It includes one evening (school ground) and one overnight observation at the SPACE official site.
Minimum Strength required to start a club is 40 students.
Space Club Module-2- Exploring the Universe
“Exploring the Universe” is the next step following the Module-1 level, that has been designed keeping in mind the goal to further stimulate the growing young minds who have been exposed to Astronomy concepts during level 1. The activities of Module 2 further trains them with basic space sciences skills, teaches advanced scientific methods and extends their horizons beyond the normal comprehension of curriculum. We have seen wonderful minds in action during our interaction with students in school and strongly believe that a further stimulus will help inspire them and make them shining stars.
Salient features of Space Club Module-2
The Program is designed for the students who have completed Module 1
The Program consists of 26 sessions which are covered in 10 days in the period of 12 months. It includes one evening observation at the school ground, one overnight observation (at the SPACE official site). During the sessions, students construct a model of Jantar Mantar, make their own tracker, learn advance astrophotography and many more activities designed to teach higher level Astronomy skills.
The minimum strength required to start a club is a group of 30 students.