Every human being is intrinsically wired to look up at the sky and experience an immense sense of awe. The vastness of the Universe can make one feel both humble and small, yet extremely powerful as one begins to understand how it works. As part of the National Science day program, The Indian Institute of Astrophysics hosted Drawing, Essay and Quiz competitions to increase the inquisitiveness in Astrophysics. The primary goal of public outreach at IIA is to increase public awareness of the activities being carried out by the astronomers there. This awareness will not only engender a passion for science, but also decrease the chasm that appears to be present between the science-practitioners and the non-practitioners.
There was a very informative talk on The Magnetic Universe – Deciphering the Invisible by Dr. Sharanya Sur.
Vydehians made the school proud to the moon and back by winning the competitions. The Quiz team comprising of Arnav, Karthik of Grade 9 and Snigdha of Grade 11 bagged the first place. In the Essay writing competition, Vardhan of Grade 11 secured the second place.