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Apr 27, 2009

Junior Einstein Programme

Mylswamy Annadurai, Project Director of Chandrayaan I and II, giving away the model of PSLV C-11 rocket to one of the participants of Junior Einstein programme organised in the city by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore East and Sharp Industrial Training Centre. Children climbed down the dais in a row with beaming faces. Each had just received a model of PSLV C-11 rocket from Mylswamy Annadurai, project director of Chandrayaan I and II. At the final of the 13-day Junior Einstein programme organised here by the Rotary Club of Coimbatore East and Sharp Industrial Training Centre on Saturday, Mr. Annadurai addressed the students on “The Physics Behind Chandrayaan-I”.

Using the model (which can be dismantled), animation film and slides, for almost an hour he explained the launch of Chandrayaan, its entry into the orbit and purpose and took questions from the young participants. About 100 children from Coimbatore and Tirupur, studying in classes IV to X, participated in the programme that gave them an exposure in astronomy, electronics, electrical, automobile, aeronautical, medical and space science areas. The animation film gave a detailed note on how the rocket took off from Sriharikotta, went round the Earth, the moon probe impact release, etc.


He urged those interested in space sciences to join the ISRO College. Admission opportunities were bright for those who were among the top 2,000 in the IIT entrance examination. ISRO not only assured them of placement but took care of the entire study expenses. During the 13 days, the children were taken to a foundry, the Air Force station at Sulur, the fire service station and the Sharp training institute. They were given kits for each session and they had hands-on experience in assembling telescope, junction box, sensors, etc. They also had a session on diabetes, first aid and functioning of the heart.

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