ISRO launched the “Young Scientist Programme” aiming to educate school students about the space, especially during the summer vacations and the registration are open till April 3, 2019.

Summer vacations can either be lethargic, or productive for young school kids – depending what they get to do. This year, all the Indian school-goers can turn the vacations into innovative learning opportunity by simply signing-up for Indian Space Research Organisation ISRO’s new initiative called the “Young Scientist Programme” or “YUva VIgyani KAryakram (YUVIKA)”. The student-special programme was launched last month and is aimed to educate kids about basic space knowledge and arousing interest in space education.

The ISRO-backed programme will impart basic and understandable information about space technology, space science and space applications to all participating students – and willing participants need to enrol for the programme. As per the announcements made by ISRO on social media, any student who have just completed 9th standard (in the academic year 2018 to 2019) and waiting to join 10th standard (or have just joined 10th grade) can apply for registration – starting from March 25 to April 3, 2019.

After registration, students will be selected based on their performance and grades in 8th grade – including academic and extracurricular activities. All the selected students will take part in the two-week sessions held at four ISRO centres across India, starting from second half of May 2019. And the II AC fare by train for student and guardian or parent from the nearest railway station to the reporting centre and back, accommodation in ISRO guest houses or hostels, course material, lodging and boarding, will be borne by ISRO.

The sessions will comprise of “talks with experts, experience sharing by the eminent scientists, facility and lab visits, exclusive sessions for discussions with experts, practical and feedback sessions”, as mentioned on the official website. So if you are interested to participate in the programme, you can check and apply on the ISRO website here.