NEW DELHI: Indian students have done the country proud by putting up a splendid show at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Space Settlement Contest-2008.
The competition, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society, was open to children from Classes VI to XII. There were 156 submissions from 840 students, sponsored by 74 teachers. The junior team of Apeejay School, Jalandhar, has bagged the first prize in the keenly contested competition.
The Apeejay team comprising 11 students from Class IX had submitted a 131-page proposal titled “Cosmogenesis”, meaning origin and development of Universe, that unfurled the establishment of a new society in space. “Cosmogenesis” is a unique twin city structure capable of accommodating nearly 18,000 people in space. Besides providing entertainment and recreation facilities, it also ensures an Earth-like environment there.
Unlike Earth’s 24X7 environment, “Cosmogenesis” has a 28X6 schedule with six days a week and 28 hours a day.
The young ones who masterminded this unique project were Parabal Partap Singh, Karan Kashyap, Karansheraj Singh Powar, Gunveet Singh Narang, Vaibhav Gupta, Achintya Soni, Aneesh Singhal, Sajal Aggarwal, Isha Kohli, Shreya Mahindru and Diksha Deora.
The senior team from the same school, including six students from Class XI worked on a project named “Janus”, which fetched them the third prize.
“Janus” in Roman mythology is the God of Gates and beginnings. As per their project Janus will mark the beginning of an era of space revolution and will lead the way to future space exploration.
Those comprising the team were Aksha Kini, Khushboo Sewak, Karan Sumra, Shivansh Singh, Richa Gupta and Mehak Pruti. This is the third consecutive year that teams from Apeejay School, Jalandhar, have won positions in the NASA contest. “At Apeejay, we believe in holistic education and pay special attention to nurturing our students’ interest in subjects beyond academics,” says the school Principal, Ranjana Sud.