SUPARCO conducts water rocket competition

Karachi: Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) has conducted water rocket competition.

Water Rockets, having first been introduced in Pakistan in 2007, are now a household name all over the country.

Water Rocket Demonstrations, Workshops and Competitions have become a regular feature of World Space Week celebrations and are organized annually by SUPARCO Institute of Technical Training (SITT) under the umbrella of SUPARCO.

Apart from the Water Rocket events arranged nationally, Pakistan also participates in the annual Water Rocket events organized by JAXA (Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency) at the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF).

Over the past 4 years, SITT has successfully arranged Water Rocket Training Workshops at 11 different cities across Pakistan, namely Karachi, Hyderabad, Lahore, Islamabad, Faisalabad, Multan, Bahawalpur, Peshawar, Gilgit, Abbotabad, and Quetta.

These workshops continue to remain a huge success and have now become a much anticipated feature of the annual World Space Week celebrations in Pakistan.

During these workshops, teachers from all over the country were briefed about the construction and applications of water rockets. Then, the teachers passed on this knowledge to their students and these students participated in the 5th Annual National Water Rocket Competition, held on 6th November, 2014 at SUPARCO Headquarters in Karachi.

Around 33 students participated in the competition, including eight students from various Schools for Special Children. During the Competition, the students were required to build two water rockets and launch them three times. The launches were judged on the basis of accuracy. The rocket which landed nearest to the 80 metre target was declared the winner. Overall the event remained a huge success and was enjoyed by participants and spectators alike.

Regarding the Upcoming Events a declamation contest shall be held on 07 November 2014 at SUPARCO HQs.

However, a a two day Space Fair would be held at PAF Museum Karachi for the general public, school and university students on 08-09 November 2014. The fair would include many fascinating space related activities like Space Movie Theatre, Philately Stall, Sky Observation, University Project Competition, Kids Arena, Water Rocket Demonstration and Space Studio etc.

Exhibition would also be held at PAF Museum during Space Fair. It shall include the display of satellite and rocket models, space application poster presentations, posters showing the progress, services and achievements of SUPARCO. Universities shall also be invited to display their models in the exhibition. The exhibition would be open to all the attendees of the space fair.

The complete schedule of activities of WSW celebration can be seen at SUPARCO website www.suparco.gov.pk

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