Students will have the opportunity to fly postcards to space on a Blue Origin rocket with Club for the Future, a non-profit founded by Blue Origin
The festival of science in India will be going online in 2021 as India Science Month Online (ISMO) to bring the country face to face with science on their smart devices. The festival seeks to simplify and demystify science and technology through numerous virtual activities that would lead to a grand online celebration in Jan 2021.
The focus areas for ISMO 2021 are Health, Robotics and Space along with cutting-edge technology in engineering, genetics, development in science communication, science policy, etc. This month-long celebration of science, which is expecting more than 30,000 online participants, will feature virtual talks and interactions with something for everyone. Prominent speakers include roboticist Rodney Brooks (MIT), community health specialist and activist Dr Abhay Bang (SEARCH), astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan (Yale), theoretical epidemiologist Sunetra Gupta (Oxford), astrobiologist Dimitra Atri (NYUAD), UAVs researcher Sebastian Secherer (CMU), robot implants researcher Ritu Raman (MIT), Padma Shri Awardee Dr. Kameshwar Prasad, psychiatrist and researcher Dr. Shekhar Saxena (Harvard University) and many other renowned names.
As part of this year’s festival, students will have the opportunity to fly postcards to space and back with Club for the Future, a non-profit founded by Blue Origin whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in STEM and help visualize the future of life in space to benefit Earth. Student participants from across the country will draw or write their answer on a postcard to the question, ‘Why do you think Earth needs space?’ Postcards will be flown to space and back on upcoming flights of Blue Origin’s reusable New Shepard rocket and returned to each student with a ‘Flown to Space’ stamp.
ISMO will also run workshops in collaboration with Club for the Future and Blue Origin to educate children about the future of space exploration and inspire them to pursue careers in STEM.
“In these times of uncertainty with the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, we would like to emphasize that more than ever, this is the right time to engage with science. Therefore, to ensure continuity, we will be holding the second edition of the festival as the India Science Month Online (ISMO) in January 2021. ISF is a point of connect for science and society and this year our audiences will engage with us virtually through talks, discussions, competitions, jams and our special postcard program.” said Varun Aggarwal, founder of India Science Festival.
The festival will also have science games, JAMs, drawing competitions, and flash fiction competitions to cater to a variety of interests. There are workshops for both children and adults on topics ranging from science illustration, building robots at home, astronomy, AI – Art, data science, science storytelling, science documentary making and more!
In addition to Club for the Future, the festival is backed by prestigious organizations including Aspiring Minds, Social Alpha and Tata Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS).
More details about the festival can be found at: http://indiasciencefest.org/
Students can register for competitions here: http://indiasciencefest.org/participate