8th Young Astronomer Talent Search announced for Odisha school students

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 23:

As part of its effort to nurture the minds and fire the imagination of budding talents in Odisha to explore the mysteries beyond the earth’s horizon, Pathani Samant Planetarium. Bhubaneswar, in collaboration with Tata Steel, has announced the launch of the eighth edition of Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS).

Pathani Samant Planetarium, Bhubaneswar
Pathani Samant Planetarium, Bhubaneswar

The competition, conducted in three stages, is open for all high school students of the state, said Dr Subhendu Patnaik, deputy director of Pathani Samant Planetarium here..

To participate in the competition students can contact their schools, district education office, Pathani Samant Planetarium, Bhubaneswar or log on to the website http://www.valueabled.com/yats.aspx.

In the first stage, the students have to prepare a write-up on ‘My Manned Mission to Space’, which should be submitted to the planetarium by September 30. On the basis of their entries, they will be invited to eight different zones — Belpahar, Keonjhar, Balasore, Joda, Jajpur, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur and Jeypore from October 12 to November 16 to display their models.

Students nominated in the zonal camps will be invited for final round out of which the top 20 Young Astronomers will be selected at the state level event scheduled to be held on 12th and 13th of December 2014 at Pathani Samant Planetarium, Bhubaneswar, Dr Patnaik said.

The Top 20 young scientists will be awarded on the birthday of Pathani Samant and Tata Steel organises their exposure visit to Centres of Excellence like Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bengaluru or Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Ahmedabad, etc.

During the Zonal Competitions of YATS, Inter School Quiz and Art competitions will also be organised for exploring hidden and aspiring talents of the state.

The Top 20 Finalists of YATS -2013 were sent by Tata Steel in an exposure visit to ISRO, Indian Institute of Science (IIS), HAL Aeronautical Museum, Raman Research Institute, etc. in Bengaluru where they had the opportunity to interact with renowned scientists of the respective institutions.

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