Staunchly contradicting the beliefs and superstitions associated with the onset of solar eclipse, Amity International School, Noida and Amity International School, Vasundhara with the support and guidance of SPACE (Science Popularization Association of Communicators and Educators) installed telescopes fitted with solar filters in their grounds of respective schools to facilitate the viewing of partial solar eclipse by students and general public. The objective was to dispel all misconceptions and myths that have persisted for so long by creating awareness through actual observations.
Dr. (Mrs.) Amita Chauhan- Chairperson, Amity International Schools strongly opines that the roots of true scientific attitude lies in the right kind of education imparted to students during schooling. With this vision in mind and to propagate scientific and logical temperament amongst children as well as adults, the arrangements to view the spectacular Solar Eclipse were made in both the schools.
Amity International School, Noida and Vasundhara were bustling with activity since morning. Elaborate and meticulous preparations were done throughout the day.
By evening, both the schools were braced up to facilitate the viewing of hour long phenomenon, displaying the various phases of solar eclipse. “Telescope Projection Method” and “Pinhole camera Projection Method” were used to ensure the safe viewing of the Solar Eclipse.
The onset of Solar Eclipse left the students and public awestruck and mesmerized by the beauty of the sun. The faces of the students were brimming with joy and excitement to view the stupendous Solar Eclipse.
Amity International School, Noida installed a camera attached to a projector screen in the auditorium for mass viewing of “Solar Eclipse”. The Astronomy Club students shared the nuances of solar eclipse with the gathering including concept of Solar Eclipse, types of Solar Eclipse, myths regarding Solar Eclipse and ways to view Solar Eclipse safely.
Students at Amity International School, Vasundhara carried out various experiments like eclipse photography, visual observation and recording etc. thus making it a brilliant opportunity to shed age old superstitions and taboos.
Hundreds of students and public from near by areas thronged the schools to witness the enriching view of solar eclipse.
The event proved to be just another step in furthering the vision of Dr. Ashok K Chauhan- Founder President, Amity Universe, of making India a “Superpower” in the near future with utmost dedication and scientifically oriented thought process.
SPACE is an NGO involved in popularizing science and astronomy all over India through astronomy clubs in various schools of Delhi/ NCR. SPACE has devised a complete Astronomy course of 3 years, comprising 3 modules:
- Module 1: Astronomy for beginners
- Module 2: Intermediate Astronomy
- Module 3: Advanced Astronomy
Amity International School, Noida has been running Astronomy Club for last 5 years with strength of over 300 students. School’s Astronomy Club Module 2 students organized the viewing of magnificent Solar Eclipse.