A class IX student from Pune’s DAV Public School, Mehul Shelke, was one of the six students who recently visited the NASA Space Centre in Florida, USA.
Shelke was one of the winners of the Times NIE National Aptitude Challenge that was organised in collaboration with Byju’s learning app.
It is a science and maths aptitude test conducted across all the Times NIE schools in India. The winners beat almost 3.55 lakh students from over 791 schools in Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Pune.
Out of the 5-day trip, students spent 3 days at the Kennedy Space Centre, meeting and interacting with the astronauts. They were also given a tour of the Nasa vehicle assembly unit, rocket launch pads. The students even experienced the simulated shuttle journey.
Talking about the NIE Think and Learn challenge, Byju’s CEO Mrinal Mohit said, "The Byju's NIE Think & Learn Challenge brought together students from across grades to explore their love for learning maths, offering a playground to enthusiasts from across the country."
"One of the greatest moments of the trip was meeting Samuel Durrance, an astronaut who flew twice aboard a Nasa space shuttle. Standing with a man who walked in space was indeed a mesmerizing moment," said an excited Mehul, when asked about his experience.
Information and cover image sourced from timesofindia