Homi Lab is the nation’s
first future learning laboratory
“Great dreams of great dreamers
are always transcended.”
– Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Homi Lab is the nation’s first future learning lab designed to produce the next generation of pioneers – who will walk on Mars and those who will cure the planet and humankind. We believe that children are all unique in their ways, it does not matter what grades they get, every child, with the right guidance, has the chance to shape the future and find their place in the books of history. To date, we have reached over 1,000 students of over 800 schools from 11 different countries.
We aim to ignite the curiosity, creativity and passion for science in learners and serve as a medium for bridging the gap between the scientific community and the common masses. We offer a wide range of courses suited for a wide spectrum of audiences, aimed at making learning hands-on, relevant to everyday life, comprehensible, exciting and fun. The lab’s exclusive offerings range over educational programs for all school needs and recreational science workshops.
REACH & IMPACT
Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign
Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign is a unique educational outreach campaign organized by Kalam Centre in association with the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), conducted by Dr. Patrick Miller of Hardin Simmons University, USA, with outreach support from the nation’s first future learning lab, Homi Lab. The students will be specially trained to search asteroids in the Main Belt Asteroid through advanced data analysis and specially designed software.
Students get access to real-time data from the ‘Pan Starrs’ (The Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System) Telescope, located in Hawaii, USA which uses a 1.8 m (60 inch) telescope to survey the sky to look for asteroids, comets and Near-Earth Objects (NEO).
The Campaign enables the students and amateurs to get exclusive access to astronomy images, which are otherwise not accessible till the postgraduate level, and they get training in advanced data analysis and software as well as interact with international scientists, all of which builds up to an invaluable real-time research experience. Through this campaign, students make confirmed discoveries of Main Belt Asteroids and important observations that contribute to the NASA Near-Earth Object (NEO) Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA).
What is the process to participate?
Register for Kalam Centre Asteroid Search Campaign. Participation is online and completely free. Students in a team of up to 3 students with one teacher/faculty can participate. Please note that a teacher/faculty is just required as a mentor.
Participants are trained with the Astrometrica which provides the ability to easily compare astronomical images for the purpose of moving object discovery. Participants will have to analyze the data as not all moving objects are asteroids.
Shortlisted students shall be taken through a wonderful journey of asteroid hunting. Original datasets from the Pan-STARRS telescope, Hawaii will be analyzed by students, who are pre-trained to analyze the datasets.
Once an asteroid is discovered by a participant, it shall be named as a preliminary discovery. The next stage is the provisional discovery which gives the asteroid a name. Finally, the asteroid will be cataloged by the International Astronomical Union.