Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Congratulations to Selected Astronomy Olympiad Teachers for 2017!

Nepal Astronomical Society (NASO) is pleased to announce the result of 5th National Call for Astronomy Olympiad Teacher Training 2017. The selected teachers will get an opportunity to attend Astronomy Olympiad Exposure Camp 2017 which will be held at Homi Bhabha Center for Science Education (HBCSE),Mumbai,India during October 31-November 3, 2017.

After careful review of all the applications received, following applicants were selected based on their motivations, CVs and recommendations/nominations letter from their respective institutions.

  1. Mr. Anup Dahal, Shree Sarba Secondary School, Bhimeshwor, Dolakha
  2. Mr. Aatmaram Tiwari, Everest English Boarding H. S. School, Biratnagar, Morang
  3. Mr. Niraj Lamichhane, Aroma English Secondary School, Bharatpur, Chitwan
  4. Mr. Riwaj Neupane, Deerwalk Sifal School, Jayabageshwori, Kathmandu
  5. Mr. Teju Ram Sunar, Siral Galaxy Academy, Pokhara, Kaski
We express our sincere thanks to all the teachers who applied for this program but could not get selected! We understand your expression of interest to join our program and would recommend you to visit our website for upcoming opportunities!

Friday, August 25, 2017

A Decade of Astronomy & Space Science: Celebrating 10th Anniversary in Nepal

We celebrated our 10th Anniversary today with our volunteers, members and high students at Ankur Vidhyashram. The journey was definately not an easy one, but we learnt a lot through this decedal experience and look forward to implement our experience to create better opportunities for the youth and students in Nepal.

Mr. Pushpa Raj Sapkota, chief guest of the event  and principal at Ankur Vidhyashram praised our work engaging school students in our different activities and shared the improvement in their classroom behaviour. He also requested us to help students to guide them to their astronomy discussion forum that they are going to organized during October-November 2017.

Photo 1: Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, chairman at NASO sharing the major achievements with the participants of the gathering. (From left: Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Mr. Pushpa Raj Sapkota, Mr. Samaya Khadka)
During the event, Mr. Samaya Khadka,one of the closed camp participants of our 4th National Astronomy Olympiad 2017 shared his experience at our astronomy olympiad to the students. He also explain the need of science communication with public and students to make science a fun.

National Astronomy Olympiad program was initiated in 2014 and become of the fastest growing talent hunt program in Nepal with its holistic approach to select students as a national winners!

Photo 2: Group photo of the participants of the gathering after the cake cutting ceremony
During the event, we also discussed on some of our proposed initiatives/programs and how we can make them more compatible to our students. We highlighted the need of more capacity building programs in coming days to strengthen our network in Nepal and abroad creating more opportunities for our youths and students.

Photo 3: Sudip Bhattrai, Assistant Professor, Aerospace at IOE, Pulchowk and Mr. Suresh Bhattarai, Chairman brainstroming on how we can improve our space programs in coming days
As we realised unless we train our students to build their confidence as well as skills we are not going to help for the development, we decided to partner with different academic institutions in Nepal and organizations in Nepal and abroad. We have already tested some of our academic partnership projects with engineering students at TU and we look forward to implement our program/s for physics students at TU in coming days.

We would like to express our sincere thanks to all our executives, members and well-wishers for their contribution to make this day a reality!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Terranaut First Selection Result For Nepal is Now Available!

We are pleased to announce the list of selected participants for project Terranaut in partnership with Terraztra Space Exploration. A total of 652 participants are selected from the pool of applicants who applied to this program till July 31, 2017! 

The selected participants are eligible for the next round in the campaign dedicated to Nepal. The list includes 6 members who are marked in green will have advantage over the other 646 participants in the next round.

The preliminary selection were done in following ways
  • Psychological confidence was given importance along with determination.
  • 50% of them were considered on their experience in space field.
  • Matching of behavior patterns with Artificial intelligence recognition of the words used.
  • Language was not considered as part of selection (Rejection was done based on bad grammar mistakes or English skills).
  • Age, Education, Gender and Disability were not considered as part of the selection process.
You can click here to find the full list of selected participants.

Those who missed to apply during Nepal call can still apply for the program during its global call! The global release of the project will be available on October 4, 2017!

Terraztra Space Exploration provides a beautiful opportunity to train like a Yuri Gagarin for 14 people from anywhere in the world, selected through a worldwide process that will be released on October 2017 dedicated for the 60th Anniversary of sputnik. These 14 people will be provided flight tickets to visit moscow during June, 2018 (period of FIFA 2018) to train like “Yuri Gagarin”. They will be able to ride tanks , eat space food and off course wear space suit. The best performer of these 14 people will have an opportunity to see the Edge of Space. Apart from these 14 people there will be lot of space souvenirs and Drones to be won during the entire event.

History changed on October 4, 1957, when the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I. The world’s first artificial satellite was about the size of a beach ball (58 cm.or 22.8 inches in diameter), weighed only 83.6 kg. or 183.9 pounds, and took about 98 minutes to orbit the Earth on its elliptical path.