The Rotary E-Club of Metro Dynamix recently launched the ‘VINVELI’ project, which involves sponsoring telescope construction workshops in 24 government schools. The aim is to promote STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) among students. The special invitee at the inauguration was Kalyani, a Teacher & Motivational Speaker. This project is a collaboration with the Open Space Foundation and is part of the ‘Namma Telescope Project,’ which seeks to provide telescopes to every government school. The first workshop took place at Thudialur Panchayat Union Middle School, where students were taught to construct their own telescopes. The Rotary E-Club of Metro Dynamix sponsored this initiative. Open Space Foundation provides training to the students, resulting in 80 students successfully learning to assemble and dismantle telescopes. The event was attended by Rtn Reshma Ramesh (President), Rtn Vidya Natarajan (Community Service Chair), and Rtn PHF Mahesh Prabhu (Rotary Secretary) and 25 faculty members. The goal is to nurture young scientists from government school backgrounds and ignite a passion for astronomy, potentially leading to a future filled with scientists.
When inquired about the workshop, Chitra, a Teacher from Thudialur Panchayat Union Middle School, stated, “Introducing astronomy in every school can spark students’ interest, potentially leading to the emergence of numerous scientists in the future.”