Into the space: Hyderabad school hosted 'Go Cosmo' event

CE spoke with Dr Ajit Singh, who provided insights into the event and the growing interest in astronomy among students.
Discussing the Go Cosmo event, Dr Singh spoke about the objective of combining learning with fun and generating curiosity among people.
Discussing the Go Cosmo event, Dr Singh spoke about the objective of combining learning with fun and generating curiosity among people.Photo | Express

HYDERABAD : Recently, Orchids The International School hosted a “Go Cosmo” event, showcasing stunning pictures of space for students and visitors. CE spoke with Dr Ajit Singh, who provided insights into the event and the growing interest in astronomy among students.

Discussing the Go Cosmo event, Dr Singh explained, “We wanted to combine learning with fun and generate curiosity among people. This year, we focused on astronomy, integrating it into our curriculum for the past three years. Fun happens outside the classroom, in the lab or other interactive spaces. We created activities purely based on hands-on learning. Through these activities, students learn about astronomy. Some of these activities were brought to the public through Go Cosmo events, held in different cities, with Hyderabad being our fourth stop. We received positive feedback, and people loved the event. We aimed to simplify complex topics like gravity and NASA operations. We provided an understanding of how the International Space Station works and used VR headsets to give participants a virtual walk through the station, showing the history of the universe. Combining the carnival atmosphere with astronomy made learning enjoyable.”

On the subject of astronomy and its curriculum, Dr Singh noted, “One aspect of astronomy is understanding Earth. We explore why Earth is habitable while other planets are not, overlapping with basic science to discuss essential survival elements. Topics include space, stars, planets, and hypothetical scenarios like alien encounters. We teach students what scientists look for through telescopes and other scientific instruments.”

Regarding the future benefits for students, Dr Singh emphasised, “We don’t view any subject solely as a career path. Astronomy intersects with science and mathematics, sparking curiosity and encouraging critical thinking. Through these activities, we enhance students’ creativity and problem-solving skills.”

Dr Singh concluded, “We plan to take the Go Cosmo event to more cities, raising awareness about astronomy. We also aim to organise events around significant astronomical occurrences, like ‘No Shadow Day,’ to engage and educate the public.”

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