FROM SCHOOL TO SATELLITE
On February 7, 2021, students of the Children’s Academy Group of Schools created a world record of launching 100 femto satellites. This historic feat was achieved by the students of the Children’s Academy Group of Schools, in association with the Indian Space Research Programme, Space Zone India, APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation and The Martin Group. These satellites were launched from Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, the birthplace of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam’s dream of initiating the young minds in space research came into fruition thanks to the DR. APJ Abdul Kalam Space Research Payload Cubes Challenge, 2021.
Children’s Academy Group of Schools holds the privilege of being the only school from Mumbai to be a part of such a historic event. The budding astrophysicists representing Children’s Academy Group of Schools were: Mst. Param Vikram Rajgor, Mst. Ninad Nilesh Velankar, Mst. Ishan Ketan Bhavsar, Mst. Arnav Chokhavala, Mst. Devang Vinod Tripathi, Mst. Harit Hemendra Trivedi, Mst. Trinab Sauravraj Goswamy, Mst. Aarushi Nirav Shah, Mst. Urvi Ashok Lohana, Mst. Akshat Lakhani.
Students looked forward to the online training imparted by the foundation. The six days of intensive training acquainted the students with the theoretical knowledge on satellites. This was aided by the hands-on experience that the learners gained at Pune where they were trained to build and to assemble the actual femto satellites. This mission aimed at igniting young minds to work on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Knowledge and skills were seamlessly combined for application in designing and development of the femto satellites.
It was truly a moment of pride for the 1000 euphoric students to see the satellites soar high into the sky. The launch of 100 femto satellites in a single high altitude scientific balloon created four world records in the World Records Book, Asia Book Records Book, India Book Records Book, Assist World Records. The students were ecstatic to meet eminent personalities from ISRO who graced this momentous event held at Rameswaram.
The cherry on the cake for Children’s Academy Group of Schools was when the students bagged three gold medals at the impromptu space quiz competition held at the venue.
Mr. Rohan Bhat, the Chairman of the Children’s Academy Group of Schools said, “It is said that sky is the limit. This space mission has rightly given the exclusive opportunity to the students of Children’s Academy Group of Schools. To spread their wings and soar towards the limitless universe. To be a part of the Space Research Payload Cubes Challenge is a lifetime experience for us. The management of Children’s Academy Group of Schools is extremely grateful to be a part of the Space Research Payload Cubes Challenge as it perfectly aligns with our ideology of progressive learning and holistic development. This remarkable initiative to engage students in a satellite launch mission has not only ignited their curiosity but has also stirred their interest towards space research. I am sure this challenge will go a long way in stimulating these young scientists and further nurture their creativity and vision in this direction. We are excited and extremely proud to have partnered with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation in this rare and historic scientific experiment.
Mr. Vipin Singh, faculty member of physics, Children’s Academy Group of Schools and Incharge of the Space Research Payload Cubes Challenge Programme said, “It was indeed a great honour to be associated with a project of such magnitude.”
Ms. Urvi Ashok Lohana, a grade 10 student from the Malad branch said, “I feel really happy and honoured to be one of the 1000 students taking part in APJ Kalam Payload Cubes Challenge.”
Mst. Ninad Nilesh Velankar, a grade 9 student from the Thakur Complex branch said, “The idea of sending 100 cube satellites into space inside a helium balloon was indeed a wonderful one. The APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation along with Space Zone India conducted several online lectures in which we learnt many things which were very easy to understand. The hands-on experience which took place at Pune gave us the opportunity to build and design our own femto satellite.”
Mst. Trinab Sauravraj Goswamy, a grade 10 student from the Thakur Complex branch said, “I was really glad to be a part of such a wonderful and rare event. You know, being inclined towards astronomy and space research. This opportunity to be a part of a satellite mission is very exciting. I feel that this event goes a long way in democratizing science.”