Night sky observation camp at Dharmapala College, Kottawa, Sri Lanka
March 8, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - March 9, 2019 @ 6:00 am EST
Nalanda College Astronomical Society(NCAS) and Nalanda College Alumni Astronomical Society (NCAAS) will be conducting its 348th night sky observation camp at Dharmapala College in Kottawa, Sri Lanka, on 8th March 2019. The event is planned to take place throughout that nigh to share astronomical knowledge with the students by giving lectures and doing observation sesions. Lectures are designed to cover the sections in the science syllabus from grades 6 through 9. They will consist of Introduction to Astronomy, History of Astronomy, Observation Astronomy, star map using and Are We Alone in the universe. In observation sesions the students will get the opportunity to observe jupiter, saturn, venus, mars and several deep sky objects such as nebulas and star clusters depending on the sky condition. Some fun activities will also be carried out to keep the participants motivated throughout the night. Finally the students will be teamed up and asked to build their own bottle rocket to be launched in the morning before the proceedings end.
We plan to align this camp with the IAU100 themes “Astronomy for Education”, and "Dark Skies for all". At the end of this camp we hope to cover all the astronomy related topics in the school syllabus while provide the students an opportunity to practically experience what they learn from textbooks. We believe that such involvement in astronomy will have an positive impact to promote STEM fields among students.