India’s STEM & Space organization grew out of a desire to help make the study of science and technology more engaging to children of all ages. The founders believed that while India taught excellent science in schools, STEM & Space could help stimulate school children’s imaginations by making the subject more hands-on and exciting.
STEM & Space began around 3 years ago and now teaches kids from grade 1 to grade 12. “Hands-on science and engaging projects like Asteroid Day, make it very exciting for kids of all ages,” says Dr Mila Mitra, STEM & Space’s co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer.
Teaming with Asteroid Day was an obvious thing for the organization because Mila was already a regional coordinator on behalf of another organisation. Her colleagues at STEM & Space similarly felt that the pairing was a good fit.
“We felt that Asteroid Day is a great opportunity to engage kids of a large range of ages with different activities, and we would like to try and conduct something each year,” says Mila.
This is the second time that STEM & Space have taken part in Asteroid Day. This year, they organized two online seminars for 300 students, and they organized painting competitions and a quiz. In the past they have shown the Asteroid Day movie. In classroom sessions, they have done exercises with Asteroid data for students to find moving objects and identify asteroids, and have also organised asteroid modelling with clay for younger students.
Click here to read about STEM & Space’s 2020 Virtual Asteroid Day event and watch a video on the event below.