Continuing its run to motivate students who hit the top list in state board examination, Assam government is all set to sponsor them a trip of 10 days to NASA. 13 students from class X and XII will get a golden chance to see National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and live their dreams in reality.
Apart from NASA, students will also be buckling up to visit some of the places which a common Indian can only dream off like Washington DC, New York, AT & T Bell Lab and Benz manufacturing factory. According to the government spokesperson, students will depart on Thursday.
"During the NASA visit, the students will understand various aspects of space and astronomy in simulated environment including astronaut training, conducting of space experiments with NASA educators, meeting NASA scientists, understanding space shuttle mission control and they will directly interact with the NASA astronauts," spokesperson added.
In the year 2011, the government of Assam first started this education trip to NASA for the state toppers. After seeing the percentage going up in the board exams, the government decided to continue this trip for students. The main aim of the government behind this trip is to give proper exposure to the students about advances in space science and astronomy and to make them global citizen.
According to the senior official of the education department "students will be able to know the challenges of space exploration during the visit. Thy will also get a chance to see world renowned John F Kennedy Space Center in Orlando, which is also know as the home of every manned space flight from the USA since 1968."
The meritorious students will also camp for two days at the US Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. They will participate in simulate space shuttle missions, understand mission controls, monitor the progress and safety to understand successful launching of the space craft, and conduct experiments while learning basic scientific principles.