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Aerolympics 2012 aims to catch ’em young

Madhumathi D.S.
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Delhi Public School, Christ Junior College selected for the event

Added Thrill:Winners and runners-up will get to witness the flight trials of Tejas, the country’s Light Combat Aircraft.
Added Thrill:Winners and runners-up will get to witness the flight trials of Tejas, the country’s Light Combat Aircraft.

A three-day National Aerolympics to be hosted in Bangalore next month aims to enthuse youngsters about the country’s aviation programme and take it up as a career as engineers, scientists and designers.

Two city schools — the Delhi Public School and Christ Junior College — are among 20 shortlisted from across the country to take part in the event, according to its organiser, the Bangalore branch of the Aeronautical Society of India. In all, 80 students — four from each school — will compete for the honours.

Next month

The Aerolympics will be held from December 20 to 22, P.S. Krishnan, President of the AeSI branch and Director, Aeronautical Development Establishment, told The Hindu . This was the second such AeSI event targeted at school goers; the Chandigarh branch had held a similar event last year.

The participants drawn from Classes 9 to 12 will take part in eight group and individual events.

Apart from prizes, the winning and runner-up teams will get to visit an aerospace institution such as Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd, National Aerospace Labs or the Aero India 2013 which will be held in Bangalore from February 6 to 10, according to AeSI Bangalore.

They will also get to witness the flight trials of the country’s Light Combat Aircraft, Tejas, later. As many as 500 schools countrywide were in the reckoning and 40 schools responded to a preliminary essay contest on advancements in aeroplane technologies in the last 50 years.

What’s on the cards

The events include an aviation quiz, general knowledge and current affairs quiz, intelligence tests, a short project report, a home project including a scrapbook related to aviation; collage-making and cultural programmes.

The AeSI, founded in 1948, has over 9,000 professionals as its members across 16 branches.

They are from public, private, civil and military establishments, among them the DRDO, HAL, Indian Air Force, Indian Space Research Organisation, public and private airlines, the Airports Authority of India and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

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