– Arkrish M, 3rd Std

” Rockets excited me when I was as young as one year old !!!”

This is what my dad proudly says about me 🙂

Day by day my interest in rockets and space grew. My favourite past-time was watching videos of rocket launches, reading books and asking questions about rockets and space.

A few months back, my parents enrolled me for a competition called Junior FLL (First LEGO League). As part of this competition, I learnt about the Moon, surface of the moon and how we can handle food, water, energy and air on it. Based on our learnings, we even built our own Moon City using LEGO. As part of the outreach program, our robotics teacher in RoboLectro STEAM Studio told us that we would visit ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation). I was really excited about the field trip. We saw a video about  ISRO, Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan, Aryabhatta, PSLV, GSLV and many more. We interacted with a Scientist and he explained how they transported the rockets (on a cycle log time back), how they test them and how the rockets are launched. I had a lot of questions and the ISRO scientist was more than happy to quench my thirst about space. We even saw the clean room where Chandrayaan 2 is being assembled. I am excited about its launch soon.

My excitement was increasing as I got to know that we will be visiting Team Indus (organised by RoboLectro STEAM Studio). This time, I wanted to see the Moon Rover 🙂

Team Indus welcomed us with an introduction to their awesome team of scientists and engineers. I came to know that Team Indus is the only private agency from India which is designing and developing a rover to land on the moon. The scientists at Team Indus started explaining about the Google Space X competition. It has a 20 Million USD prize amount for the moon rover which would land a rover on the moon and the rover will move atleast 500 meters and send images back to earth.

We saw the clean room, lunar pit (simulated moon environment), control room and the moon rover. We saw the space craft in which the moon rover would be sent. We also understood how the space craft would complete 5 orbits before landing on the moon. This is called as the Slingshot. I learnt about the honey comb structure and how this material is used in the space craft for the soft landing of the rover. I learnt about the design of the moon rover especially the wheels which would help the rover to move on the lunar regolith. We also did an activity to check how the communication between the space center and satellites takes place. All the students were given a chance to ask the question to the Scientists team and the team cleared all our doubts with a smile.

We really enjoyed each and every moment of the field trip.

I would thank Robolectro STEAM Studio for creating this opportunity for me and I would be interested to attend these kinds of field trips and outreach programs in the future.