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Sky Bike Observation at Sparsh NGO, Rohini

Students and Teachers gazing at the Sun through solar view goggles
Students and Teachers gazing at the Sun through solar view goggles


The Sky on Bike project aims at scientific outreach and creating interest in science activities in economically disadvantaged communities like the urban and rural villages in and around Delhi.

Under this project, Telescopes are carried on bicycles and set up at locations where public is gathered. Educators introduce the wonders of the sky and show them through telescopes. The goal is to generate interest among the marginalized communities in astronomical observations and make it interesting for all age groups. Each observation date is selected to observe a particular heavenly object or celestial event.
 

Specially-abled students interacting with the Educators   Girls of another NGO learning various Astronomy activities
Specially-abled students interacting with the Educators   Girls of another NGO learning various Astronomy activities


Team SPACE along with their volunteers conducted a solar observation with the students of SPARSH NGO, Rohini on 28th March 2017 from 1pm to 3pm.
 
This observation proved to be special in itself, as there were 30 specially- abled students for whom we conducted a separate session owing to their special needs. These students were blissful as they understood science through the various games they played. A group of 30 specially-abled students and 45 girls from the economically weaker sections of the society enthusiastically attended this event. These students learnt many facts and features of our parent star the Sun. They were made to observe the sun safely through the SKYBIKE using solar filters. They were also made to observe the Sun through solar view goggles and the students also identified a visible sunspot.
 

Students observing the Sun through SkyBike Telescope   Students understanding how a hydro rocket works
Students observing the SUN through SKYBIKE   Students understanding how a hydro rocket works

Students participated in various other activities as mentioned below:
1. Safe Solar Observation: The students observed the Sun through a 200mm Dobsonian telescope and a 150mm telescope mounted on the Sky Bike. The features of the Sun were also explained to them. 2. Hydro-rocket Launch: The students witnessed multiple hydro-rocket launches and were told about various parts of a rocket. 3. Catch the Meteors: The students learnt about meteors and how Earth’s atmosphere helps in saving us from space rocks. 4. Ring the Planets: Students learnt about planets through an interesting activity. 5. Weigh Yourself on Different Planets: The students also got to know why they weigh different on different planets and also checked their weight on them.
 
Students playing catch the meteors game   Students Playing Ring the Planet game
Students playing catch the meteors game   Students Playing Ring the Planet game


Ms. Jyoti, Coordinator and other teachers associated with the SPARSH NGO appreciated the initiative of SPACE and said, “The knowledge gained by the students in the workshop will help them in their future”. Ms. Sapna Sukul, Director stated that “The conduction of the workshop was greatly learning and motivating. The students were happy and got to learn a lot”. The school teachers also appreciated the activities conducted for the students.

 
Students learning the concept of the change in their weight on different planets   A specially-abled student observing the Sun through Dobsonian telescope
Students learning the concept of the change in their weight on different planets   A specially-abled student observing the Sun through Dobsonian telescope


Students posing for a group picture with SKYBIKE banner   Students viewing the Universe in 3D
Students posing for a group picture with SKYBIKE banner   Students viewing the Universe in 3D