Global Astronomy month (GAM) is organized every year in April with an aim to unite young enthusiasts worldwide in celebrating Astronomy following AWB’s motto – One People, One Sky. G.D. Goenka Public School that forever aims for ‘Excellence and Reaching the Skies’ has moved one step ahead and ventured into ‘Space’. The school organised a plethora of activities to create awareness among children to explore the solar system and know astonishing facts about the universe. The students participated with great fervour and enthusiasm and craved for more information and knowledge on the world beyond the sky.
The month long celebrations began with an ‘Astro-Quiz’ organised for the students of class VI A and VII A wherein they were quizzed on astronomy and space sciences. The ‘Astro-Art’ competition witnessed budding minds of classes III-VII create beautiful art-works expressing their love towards astronomy and space through colours and brushes. ‘Astro-Poety’ competition enabled the young Goenkans write original poems based on astronomy, night sky, space sciences, etc.
Students of Class V and VI made beautiful and astonishing masks related to astronomy and space objects in ‘Astro-Mask’ competition. Students of class V-A celebrated ‘Yuri’s Night’ by writing appreciative messages for Yuri Gagarin, the first human to launch into space. Students of class VII A celebrated ‘Earth Day’ by making best out of waste items and holding an awareness rally in classes to spread the message of environmental safety. They also participated in ‘Lunar Exploration’ event wherein they identified different features of moon using moon posters.
‘Safe Solar Observation’ organised for classes IV-VII gave the students an opportunity to see the sun with solar view goggles and telescope. To celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the launch of India’s First Artificial Satellite Aryabhatta, Class VII watched a video of its launch and learnt various facts about this satellite.
Students of Class V and VI got an invaluable opportunity to construct models of satellite using recyclable material and understood its use and working. ‘Astro-Cooking’ competition allowed the young and talented chefs of class IV prepare delicacies with a twist of astronomy. Students made delectable dishes using simple food items and amazed everyone with their astounding culinary skills. Students of class IV A participated in movie marathon ‘Astro Fiction’ wherein they saw the movie ‘Wall-E’ and enjoyed greatly as they learnt various facts about space and earth sciences.
The kaleidoscope of exciting activities organised during the month allowed the young Goenkans explore all the wonders of the sky from neighbouring objects in our solar system to galaxies far, far away.