The Model Rocketry festival at Dikshant Global School, VIP Road, Zirakpur, was held on 18th – 19th December, 2015 with as many as 100 students from 10 top schools of tricity; designing, building, testing their Rockets for stability & finally flying their own Rocket models. The International Space Society (ISS) in collaboration with Rocketeers- India’s first Model Rocketry agency organized the unique event.
“Over two days students were put through Basic Rocket Science, Aerodynamics, flight mechanics & stability, Rockets & Jet Engines, Model Rocket System design et al. One objective was to make students more enthusiastic towards learning science and math.” Said Mitul Dikshit, President, ISS & Chairman, Dikshant Group of Schools.
The real fun began when the students actually participated in a Race to make and fly one’s own Rocket. “It was a great experience as a team of 3 we made a model rocket named ‘Space Warriors’ I learnt so much about not just Model Rocketry but also Rocket launch vehicles and space Rockets.” Said Ayushi Aggarwal a student of Class X at Dikshant International School. “The Model Rocketry festival exposed me to so many aspects about Space Science that it has really enthused me to become an Aeronautical Engineer.” Said Janvi Agnihotri from Dikshant International’s Class X.
In the earlier part of the day students were engaged in very informative Career counseling sessions & informal discussions with Model Rocketry experts.
“Our team is called ‘The Force Awakens’ and I must say that it was a great learning experience for all of us. The festival was very interactive as Rocketry experts and students had very concrete discussions on Rocketry and allied areas.” Said Ritik Arora a participant from St Kabir School, Sec 26, Chandigarh.
“The students were put through a complete practical Model Rocket building assignment. All of them used material supplied to them to create their own Model Rockets. They made these, named them and finally flew these. It was a great way of putting to use things they learnt on Day 1.” Said Divyanshu Poddar, Co Founder, Rocketeers & a Model Rocketry expert.
It was announced that the Model Rocketry Festival will be made an Annual Calendar event at Dikshant Global School campus in Zirakpur.