World Space Week Pakistan 2016 offers young Pakistanis a chance to enter into the realm of Space Science & Technology and explore new perspective and possibilities for future.
As the world is celebrating the success of space science and technology in October 2016, Pakistan is actively participating in this enthusiastic science party.
The World Space Week 2016 activities in Pakistan kicked off on Wednesday, October 19th with fun events, informative sessions, visual arts and contests, taking children on a remarkable journey of space exploration.
World Space Week is an annual event that is observed from 4 October to 10 October 2016 all across the world. This year’s theme, “Remote Sensing: Enabling Our Future,” highlights Earth observation from space.
To educate people about space science and its benefits, a four-day space event is being held at IST campus in Islamabad from 19th to 22th October 2016, which was attended by a huge number of space lovers and students from a large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas.
The World Space Week 2016 offers young Pakistanis a chance to enter into the realm of Space Science & Technology and explore new perspective and possibilities for future.
“Our aim is to educate young generation about space science and technology because these technologies maybe developed for planetary exploration but it has tremendously benefited life on earth, and is improving our lives every day” said Dr. Najam Abbas Naqvi, Assistant Professor at Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at IST.
The advancement of space technologies plays a vital role in wide-ranging sectors such as communication, agriculture, disaster management, medicine, monitoring the weather, in fact our national security too.
“This is why it is highly imperative for Pakistan to focus on the development of space technology in the country” stressed Dr. Qamar ul Islam, Head of Electrical Engineering Department at IST.
Around 125 different schools and colleges from Islamabad and Rawalpindi participated in 165 different space themed events and activities of World Space Week 2016 at IST. There were are 3000 registered participants of at WSW 2016 which will continue till 22nd of October 2016 culminating many inspiring space oriented events.
IST is Pakistan only University to have built and launched a Cubesat satellite, iCUBE-1, which was launched on November 21, 2013. This milestone enhanced youth participation in space sciences events and also promoted space technology development in Pakistan, informed Maria Sadar, Media Director or WSW 2016 event.
World Space Week 2016 IST Pakistan highlights:
- 125 schools and colleges
- 3000 participants
- 165 activities
- 100 competitions
Space Model Competition
This contest was one of the highlights of the event where students made impressive models to explain the use of remote sensing in our daily lives. Students unleashed their creativity by solving challenges such as how thermal remote sensing can reduce impact of volcanic eruptions, how to manage natural disasters using remote sensing, how can we improve lifestyles and save biodiversity using space technology.
The Aeromodelling Competition offered a unique chance for students interested in aerospace and related engineering disciplines to demonstrate their creativity and aero-modeling expertise. “After a quiz session, we selected students for the next round of aircraft desigining in which they were provided materials o assemble a model aircraft and make it glide using simple techiniques” informed Hamza Tahir, manager of the Aeromodelling contest.
Space Fine Arts competition
Space Fine Arts contest included painting, sketching, calligraphy as well as wall graffiti. Students experimented with new methods of expression and explored the possibilities that time, space and installations in their art works. The contest helped promote the students’ artistic capability and thinking.
Other exciting events included Surfing using Google Earth, Space Image Processing Colonizing Space, Applications of Remote Sensing, Air crash Investigations, Space Junk Design, Space Propeller Car Competition, Space Photography, Space Souvenir Designing, Spacesuit Designing, Dota 2 gaming contest, Space Entrepreneurship and Space Awareness session.
Astrolabe and Telescopes
Fascinating astrolabe and beautiful telescope mesmerized the students walking the corridors, who were surprised to learn the history of astrolabes. The astrolabe is an ancient astronomical tool for solving problems of time and the position of the Sun and stars in the sky. It was the most popular astronomical instrument until about 1650 when it was replaced by more accurate instruments.
Major Events and Highlights at Space Week Pakistan 2016
The events and activities of WSW 2016 include, Space In Quran, Space MUN, Space Declamations (Urdu & English), Space Quiz, Space Extempore Speech (Urdu & English),Space Innovation, Surfing using Google Earth, Space Image Processing Colonizing Space, Applications of Remote Sensing, Space Geo Caching, Pin Hole Camera Design, Space Tunnel Design, Save your Environment, Space Mission Analysis and Design, Air crash Investigations, Space Junk Design, Remote Sensing-Enabling Pakistan Future, Space Creative Writing-Essay & Story Writing (Urdu & English), Space Event Journalism (Urdu & English), English Space Slogans(Urdu & English), Space Spellathon, Space Poetry, Aero Modeling Glider, Water Rocket, Para Eggs Competition, Boomerang Wings, Space Balloon Cart Competition, Space Propeller Car Competition, Space Model Competition, Technical Poster Design, Hot Air Balloon Design, Pinwheels Design, Can Sat Workshop, Space Fine Arts – Painting, Sketching, Calligraphy and Wall Graffiti, Space Characters – Mask Designing, Space Model Making, Space Visual Arts – Space Videography, Space Photography – Earth Selfie Space Photography – Earth Selfie WSW-2016 Selfie On spot WSW-2016 Selfie Space Philately, Space Coins, Space Graphics, Space Souvenir Designing, e- Poster Designing, Space Stamp Designing, Space Webpage Designing, Space Coins Designing and Spacesuit Designing, Escape From Infinity, Mathematical Hunt, Mathometer, Space Ramp Tableau Competition, Space Theatre (Drama Competition), Dota 2, Space Strike, Rise of Nations, Space Story Telling (Urdu & English), Space Entrepreneurship, Satellite Marketing, Space Commercialization, Space Awareness and Space Character Parade.
World Space Week
Since its United Nations declaration in 1999, World Space Week has grown into the largest public space event on Earth.
Institute of Space Technology has been regularly conducting WSW activities each year to increase awareness of space technology and to promote its peaceful usage amongst students and the masses in Pakistan.
The World Space Week event aims to strengthen the link between space and society through public education, participation and dialogue on the future of space activity.