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Now, a virtual mock-up of a space station at CUSAT in Kochi

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 19:48

Zee Media Bureau

Kochi: Students, especialilly space enthusiasts, will soon be able to feel the thrill of being on a space station at CUSAT in Kochi, courtesy- `E-Scientia`.

The world`s largest technical society, the Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) will on Wednesday launch a space centre exhibit called `E-Scientia` at the Centre for Science in Society at the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT) campus in Thrikkakara.

The `E-Scientia`, a virtual mock-up of the inside of a space station, is a hands-on scientific space centre exhibit where students will take the role of engineers and solve simulated space flight challenges.

The exhibit is intended to engage pre-university level students with preliminary interest in science and engineering.
The E-Scientia project, implemented by the Kochi Subsection of the IEEE will be open to the student community. This is the sixth installation in the world of E-Scientia project.

“The exhibit takes students/visitors on an engineering-themed adventure using multimedia, interactive and hands-on exploration of science and technology concepts. During the experience, students are challenged to take on the role of engineers to solve challenges posed during a simulated space flight,” said Suresh Nair, chair, Institution of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) Kochi Subsection.

Nair says as the interactive commences, the students could sit on individual docks, each controlling a different section of the spacecraft - navigation, fuel control etc. Each section fails and the students are then made to design miniature electronic circuits which would put the system back on track.
The flagship IEEE E-Scientia exhibit was established at the Espacio Ciencia in Uruguay in 2010. It has since expanded to Hyderabad (India), Shanghai (China), Pretoria (South Africa) and Mexico City (Mexico).

The project will be inaugurated by Moshe Kam, IEEE President along with CUSAT acting Vice Chancellor Poulose Jacob tomorrow, Wednesday.

(With Agency Inputs)

First Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 19:48

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