CanSat workshop to be held in city

ST Correspondent
Thursday, 12 July 2018

Suhas Punekar, Chairman of Punekar Educational Initiatives Pvt Ltd and Smita Kshirsagar, Founder Principal of  Blue Ridge Public School, which will be the first school to participate in this workshop.

PUNE: For the first time, CanSat revolution has been introduced in Pune, for which the Punekar Suresh Naik Space Education Centre will be conducting a workshop for students to train them in developing a satellite at Blue Ridge Public School, Hinjawadi. The workshop will be conducted for students of Std V to X on how to develop a satellite.

The workshop aims at providing the basic knowledge of space science, satellites, electronics and embedded systems followed by on-hands activity by students’ groups under the guidance of experienced trainers, announced Suresh Naik, founder of Suresh Naik Space Education Centre and  ex-group director of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

Suhas Punekar, Chairman of Punekar Educational Initiatives Pvt Ltd and Smita Kshirsagar, Founder Principal of  Blue Ridge Public School, which will be the first school to participate in this workshop. As many as 37 schools from Pune, Malegaon, Mumbai and Baramati including two Zilla Parishad schools and other private schools have registered for hosting the workshop at their schools. On Tuesday, 350 students of Blue Ridge Public School appeared for the entrance-cum-aptitude test taken by the organisers. Out of these 100 qualified students will be selected to attend the workshop which will be conducted on July 14 and 15. “20 teams of five students in each team will be constituted. On the first day, they will learn theory on rocket science, space science and on the second day they will construct the satellite,” said Punekar.

A miniature satellite weighing 300 grams fitted into a small structure like a soft- drink can, which is why it is called CanSat, and will be equipped with a parachute. The satellite will have three sensors which will measure air temperature, pressure and humidity. The data of which will be collected on the ground computer where students of higher classes will be deployed to monitor the information generated from it. The satellite will be raised 10 to 20 metres in height with the help of a drone, said Naik.

“This CanSat will have similar features as like of a micro-satellite sans thermal system as it won’t be launched in space. Our purpose is to create awareness among students about space science and build their interest in this field,” said Naik. 

The fee of the workshop is Rs 9,000. Students will receive a scholarship of Rs 4,500 and will have to pay Rs 4,500. He said the workshop will be extended to  schools across the country. After which an inter-school competition will be held and the school which wins will get a chance to represent India in Europe.

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