Report on Star Party
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars.
How I wonder What You Are”
Astronomy is more than mere stargazing. It is the scientific study of celestial objects (such as stars, planets, comets and galaxies) and phenomena that originate outside the Earth’s atmosphere. It is concerned with the evolution, physics, chemistry, meteorology and the motion of celestial objects, as well as the formation and development of the universe.
It is fundamentally worthwhile for humans to push the boundaries of their understanding, to convert the unknown into the known through the power of scientific inquiry. Rather than “What’s the point? The question should be, “what does thinking about and understanding these problems mean for humans and for humans and for the evolution of humanity as a part of the universe?”
To develop this scientific inquiry in the learners, our school in collaboration with “SPACE SURAT Organisation” had arranged an overnight Star Party for Grade IV to XII learners in School Campus on 18th December 2021, from 6.30 pm to 5.30am. An interactive session was organised, wherein they were introduced to different celestial bodies, various terminologies related to the astronomy etc. Then observation of different planets and their moons, constellations, our satellite - Moon and other celestial bodies was done through telescopes. Later, all the students got a chance to observe through small telescopes individually, where they keenly learnt how to set the telescope, observe on their own etc. A video related to cosmos was enjoyed by our learners. They also played few fun activities, games, enjoyed the warmth of bonfire. At the end an interesting movie related to astronomy named “The Martian” was shown to the learners wherein they explored how an astronaut survived on Mars, when his teammates left him alone.
Learners went back home at 5.30 am with amazing experience and beautiful memories.