Sixth Space Summer School 2022 ends at IST – Latest News – The Nation


ISLAMABAD – The sixth Space Summer School organized by the National Center for GIS and Space Applications (NCGSA) concluded after enlightening participants on the applications of space technology and its spin-offs directly contributing to the objectives of United Nations sustainable development.
The Sixth Space Summer School was organized by NCGSA through one of its constituent laboratories named Space Education Research Lab and the Institute of Space Technology (IST), Islamabad.
The week-long space rendezvous embarked with knowledge of Earth, before accelerating to the wonders of deep space, covering the intricacies of the atmosphere, aviation, rocketry, satellite technology, astronomy and astrophysics.
The event was joined by over 115 students from 45 different institutes in Pakistan in two categories: Abecedarian (Grade 5th-8th) and Virtuoso (Grade 9th-12th).
Space Summer School 2022 invigorated attendees with a lifelong learning experience and unique educational exposure through interactive lectures, question-and-answer sessions, hands-on activities, workshops, technology demonstrations and lively webinars by renowned scholars and researchers.
Academicians and researchers, including Dr. Syed Wilayat Hussain (SI), Dr. General Jamshed Riaz (HI), Dr. Ihtezaz Qamar (PoP), Dr. Aquib Moin (National Space Science Technology Center, UAE), Ms. Rabia Munsaf (State University New York, USA) and Mr. Danial Amin (Space Technology Education and Popularization, Pakistan) facilitated the webinars, workshops and other activities.
Several academics and researchers from NCGSA and IST, including Dr. Najam Abbas Naqvi, Dr. Fazeel Mahmood Khan, Dr. Rehan Mahmood, Mr. Daniyal Mir, Mr. Muhammad Umar, Mr. Ibtehaj Hassan and Mr. Mamoon Alvi, also gave lectures.
The flamboyant galaxy of resource people gave more than 20 conferences and specialized workshops over five days. The Space Summer School 2022 saw the participation of more than 15 cities across Pakistan.
The school offered specialized hands-on workshops on RC quadcopters, gliders, water rockets and astronomical telescopes.
More than 15 space-themed contests in the two broad categories of Space Creative Writing and Space Arts were also held to capture the literary and artistic interests of young minds.
The school also featured a navigation scavenger hunt, a career orientation session and an astronomy evening, where participants and their families made observations through Pakistan’s largest public telescope.
Over the course of five days, participants visited IST’s main laboratories related to space science and engineering, including the Small Satellite Technology and Research Laboratory, the Global Navigation Systems Research Laboratory by satellite, the space and astrophysics research laboratory, the propulsion engineering and research laboratory, the avionics design laboratory. , Aerodynamics Laboratory, Scanning Electron Microscope Laboratory, Photogrammetry Laboratory and Space Education Research Laboratory.
The participants also visited the aircraft hangars and Space Memorabilia, a model of national satellites.
The closing ceremony was held at the IST to honor the participants and particularly the winners of the competitions. Souvenirs were presented to the winners of each competition by Dr. Abdul Waheed (Director of the SERL Laboratory) and Dr. Najam Abbas (President of the NCGSA). Certificates of participation were also awarded to all SSS 2022 participants.
With the vision to be a national torchbearer, in the field of scholars, through quality education, sound research and outreach to produce leaders in the field of space science and technology, in line with national aspirations, the IST launched this summer school specializing in space. program in 2017.
Since its inception, SSS has engaged over 1000 students from different parts of Pakistan, acquainting and equipping young space enthusiasts with the latest trends, technologies and research breakthroughs in the space sector and enlightening them with the applications of technology space science in our daily lives. .

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