THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Science and Technology Museum here will set up a Ham radio station on its premises with technical assistance from Model Engineering College run by the IHRD.
The station will be part of a Ham gallery that will be set up inside the museum. According to museum director Arul Jerald Prakash, a three-month training programme will be instituted to prepare persons for the wireless operators licence test conducted by the Ministry of Communications, government of India.
Initially, training will be given to 50 persons.
This licence is essential to become member of a Ham club. The club will become fully operational by January 2008. Arrangements are also being made to exhibit interactive models at the Ham gallery, Mr. Prakash said. The museum has applied for a club station licence, he added.
The Priyadarshini planetarium at the museum will henceforth start relying on internally developed astronomy shows.
At present, the shows change every six months. The planetarium will have to cough up Rs.1.5 lakh for each show if it were to buy astronomy shows from the open market.
The museum will be able to develop such a show at a fraction of this cost. The first of the indigenously developed astronomy shows will be screened during November-December this year.
With a view to spreading awareness about astronomy, the museum plans to conduct one-day classes on the fundamentals of astronomy and telescope-making. This course is aimed at schoolchildren.
According to Mr. Prakash, the planetarium plans to revive publication of its quarterly science magazine in Malayalam for students of high school classes. ‘Sastravrithandam’ commenced publication in 2000 but the project got stalled in 2005. Now, the magazine will be published from January 2008; the targeted minimum circulation will be 1,000.
The museum will organise drawing competitions, screen science films, organise lectures on science and conduct an ‘instant science quiz’ for students as part of ‘Children’s Science Day’ celebrations on November 14.