Institute of Space Technology (IST) launched its 14th World Space Week (WSW) space themed program in collaboration with Pakistan’s Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) at its campus at Islamabad.
The theme for WSW-2018 is “Space Unites the World”. World Space Week (WSW) is celebrated in accordance with the United Nations General Assembly’s declaration of 1999. The Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III) suggested the celebration of the World Space Week.
WSW will generate space awareness amongst the students from a large number of schools and colleges of the twin cities and surrounding areas besides general public.
The World Space Week began with an elegant inaugural ceremony on October 4, 2018. Dr. Athar Osama Member Planning Commission, Government of Pakistan graced the occasion as the chief guest. While addressing the participants he emphasized on the importance of research and innovation in the fields of science and technology. He advised students to understand the broader perspective of education.
Dr. Osama applauded the efforts of Institute of Space Technology for creating awareness about space technology among the youth and educating the students about the benefits of space technology. Vice Chancellor IST Engineer Imran Rahman and Director General SUPARCO Islamabad Zafar Iqbal was also present on the occasion.
Dr. Najam Abbas, Director Department of Student Affairs and Event Head WSW 2018 welcomed the participants and outlined various space themed competitions and activities designed and developed by Institute of Space Technology for the year 2018 world space week.
Pakistan is endeavoring to enter into the realm of Space Science & Technology and related applications. The success of any space program relies greatly on public understanding and support. It is, therefore important to communicate the benefits of Space Technology to the public on regular basis.
Following the legacy of past 13 years, and following the theme of Space Technology Education and Popularization, 110 different schools and colleges from the vicinity of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are participating in over 200 different space themed events and activities of World Space Week 2018 at IST.
There are over 5000 registered participants of WSW 2018 and about 3000 visitors/guests are expected to witness WSW 2018 at IST. The World Space Week competitions and activities will continue till 6th of October 2018 culminating many inspiring space oriented events. The awards ceremony will be organized on October 10, 2018 to recognize the high achievers of World Space Week 2018.
This mega event includes number of competitions, workshops and activities for students of schools/colleges in the major areas of Space Knowledge, Space Innovation, Space Creative Writing, Space Technology Demonstration, Space Mathematics, Space Fine Arts, Space Visual Arts, Space Graphics, Space Business, Space Workshops, Space Labs Visit, Space Awareness Activities, Space Entertainment.
The events and activities of WSW 2018 include, Space Parade, Space In Quran, Spinning Top Workshop, Space Life Workshop, Sports In Space Workshop, Image Interpretation workshop, Remote Sensing Applications, Shooting the Night Sky, Pin Wheel, Sally Earth Kam, Experiencing Space Station, Google Earth Workshop.
The WSW also provide opportunity to witness Navigating Google Earth, Space Siblings, Story Writing, Space Solutions , Space Commercialization, Astropreneurship, Boomerang Wings, Paper Spinning Top, Pin Wheel Design, Painting, Mask Design, Model Display, Space Declamation, Aero modeling, Pin Hole Camera Design, Space Slogans, Drag Chute, Air Crash Inquiries.
E-Poster Designing, Essay Writing, Sports In Space, Space Letters, Calligraphy, Moon Cake Bakery, Space Character Walk, Glider Flying, Water Rocket, Extempore Speech, Space Settlement Design, Geocaching, Space Researcher, Stamp Designing, Space Documentary, Spacesuit Design, Space Quiz, Rabbit Moon, Space Flight Sequencing, Mathematical Hunt, Glider Flying, Space Theater, Live Space Telescope, WSW Selfie, Zero Gravity, Mannequin Challenge, Videography, Web Page Designing, Space Birthday Party, Report Writing, Space App Ideas, Junk Design, Space Crash Inquiries, Alien Sketch, Space Scientist is also included.