Empowering Young Explorers: Students Build their Own Telescopes at Panchayat Union Middle School, Chinnamuthur

Namma Telescope Apr 22, 2023

In a remarkable display of curiosity and ingenuity, students from Panchayat Union Middle School in Chinnamuthur, Thirupur District, embarked on a groundbreaking initiative facilitated by Open Space Foundation. For the first time in the foundation's history, these enthusiastic students took the lead in constructing their very own individual telescopes. Guided by the experienced Mr. Bharathkumar Velusamy, Co-Founder of Open Space Foundation, this workshop marked a significant milestone in the students' scientific journey.

An Unprecedented Endeavour:
The excitement was palpable as the students eagerly gathered to embark on this extraordinary venture. With the guidance of Mr. Bharathkumar Velusamy, they were introduced to the basic principles of telescope construction. Armed with newfound knowledge and a desire to explore the wonders of the universe, the students embarked on the remarkable task of building their own 40 mm aperture refractor telescopes. This hands-on experience not only sparked their interest, but also fostered a sense of ownership and pride in their creations.

A Journey of Discovery:
As the workshop progressed, the students demonstrated remarkable dedication and perseverance. Under the guidance of Mr. Bharathkumar Velusamy, they meticulously assembled the components of their telescopes, piece by piece. With each step, they gained a more in-depth understanding of the intricate mechanisms that enable telescopes to unlock the secrets of the cosmos. The students' commitment and passion were evident as they overcame challenges and embraced the rewarding process of bringing their telescopes to life.

Building upon Success:
The construction of individual telescopes at Panchayat Union Middle School marked a significant milestone for both the students and the Open Space Foundation. This initiative served as the students' second endeavour after the successful commissioning of the impressive 130 mm Newtonian reflector Namma Telescope within their school premises. The students' enthusiasm and dedication in pursuing their astronomical aspirations continued to inspire both their peers and the Open Space Foundation team. At this moment we would like to thank the teacher, Mrs.Parimalam who were behind this remarkable journey.

Empowering Young Explorers:
This workshop was a testament to Open Space Foundation's commitment to empowering young minds and nurturing a passion for scientific exploration. By providing students with the opportunity to construct their telescopes, the foundation instilled a sense of ownership, curiosity, and a deep appreciation for the marvels of the universe. The initiative not only expanded the students' knowledge of astronomy but also nurtured essential skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

As we celebrate their achievements, let us remember that the power of exploration lies within each one of us. Together, let's encourage and nurture the spirit of scientific inquiry, ensuring a brighter and more enlightened future for all.