The 23 students, who will be visiting Nasa, at St Xavier's School in Ranchi on Saturday. Picture by Prashant Mitra
Ranchi, Aug. 24: Each time Vatsal Anand saw a rocket zooming into space on television, he wondered how it would feel to be inside one.
That day has finally come for the Class VIII student of St Xavier’s School.
Vatsal is among 23 students from classes VI to X, who will be off on an educational tour to Nasa at Kennedy Space Centre in Orlando, United States, as part of the school’s space programme.
The team will fly to Delhi on Monday, from where they will head to the US. Over the 14 days, they will attend workshops on civil and defence space projects and also participate in a Nasa certification programme on space science.
The students will return on September 8.
However, the entire cost of the trip will be borne by the parents. Each guardian will have to shell out Rs 2.25 lakh.
Three teachers will accompany the team.
“It will be an interactive session. We will get an opportunity to explore new things,” said Class VII student Khush Taneja.
Eight grader Ayan Adit, who admires Stephen William Hawkings, added: “We will prepare a project on space mission. I am keen to learn how a space shuttle is made. Joining Nasa is my dream.”
Vice-principal Father Sanjay Kerketta said this was the first international educational trip organised by the school after requests poured in from parents. “We also want our students to get international exposure, which will help them in the future,” he added.
All 23 students have been attending grooming sessions for the past six weeks. From learning new etiquette to polishing their communication skills, the students are ready for the big trip.
“We used to attend these sessions twice every week. It was essential for us,” feels ninth grader Aryan Merwara.
Parents are also eager to send their children.
“Children nowadays are exploring new career avenues and the Nasa trip will help them realise their dreams,” said Aryan’s parents.
Before this, 10 students from Sapphire International School in Ranchi had visited Nasa in 2008.