January 9, 2009 1:21:12 am
A group of 11 students from the city-based Loyola High School recently achieved the distinction of becoming the first-ever group of Indian students to visit the J.F.Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The two-week long trip saw them spend six days at the space centre and get acquainted with the working of the centre.
Organised by city-based Guardian Education,along with the 11 students one teacher went along . Speaking about the trip Sandeep Joshi,director of Guardian Education,said,This is the first time that students from India were visiting the Kennedy Space Centre. Last year,in May,we had taken a group of 60 students to US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville Alabama. We have now been appointed as official space camp coordinators for the Kennedy Space Centre,in India.
Kushal Sonigra,one of the students,said,The space shuttle experience and the simulator ride were the best experiences that we had. In the six days that we spent at the camp,we attended lectures,discussions,project making and also interacted with astronaut Robert Springer,who was on the space crew of the STS-29 Discovery. Dhyay Mehta,the youngest student of the batch,says,In addition to the Kennedy Centre,we also visited the CNN world headquarters in Atlanta. We also saw the Saturn-V,the biggest rocket that they had,the F-1 which is the fastest engine and the Vehicle Assembly Building where the rockets are assembled and which is the worlds largest single-story building. Rekha Ovhal,the teacher who accompanied them,said,Along with the students,I myself had participated in the activities in the Centre. Also,on successful completion of the camp,all the students were awarded a certificate in a convocation ceremony.
Speaking about further projects,director Sandeep Joshi said,We will be conducting regular camps from April this year. Schools like the Bishops school,Abhinav School,Vikhe Patil School and Loyola are already registered with us. Also the selection for those camps will be done on merit basis. Father James Thorat,principal,Loyola High School,said,the entire camp had been planned down perfectly and we were constantly in touch with the camp coordinators and the parents of the students. The fact that the students were traveling so far had parents worrying about their safety and other issues. However,the entire camp went off without a hitch. We are looking forward to more such experiences in the near future.
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