1st AAC - ASEAN Astronomy Camp Emerges Victorious

October 24-26, 2014

1st AAC – ASEAN Astronomy Camp or Modern Astronomy Technology Transfer within SEA Region Seminar kicked off with a great success as students throughout the region united. Over 30 students from 10 member countries of ASEAN joined hands and worked their way in this seminar under a close supervision from experienced NARIT staff/researchers and guest speakers. The seminar was a 3-day event, co-funded by NARIT and IAU (International Astronomical Union) rendering a significant perspective of what the students would pursue as a career in astronomy and related sciences in the near future. Furthermore, it also aimed to demonstrate how astronomy and its supporting engineering technologies could be used to enhance the socio-economic development within the region. 

During the seminar, students were given an opportunity to explore their passion by touring the facilities where researchers and engineers put their theories to practice. Hands-on activities such as stargazing at Doi Inthanon allowed students to get to know basic techniques and instruments used in order to gain a broader view of the universe and celestial objects and, in return, get inspired by them. In addition, students were assigned to work with their peers on special assignment of ‘Mining in the Outer Space’ and at the end of the seminar, their works were seen imaginative as well as innovative. Ultimately, a panel discussion among different professions in astronomy was introduced and students were encouraged to get exposed to different aspects and natures of different careers in astronomy and related sciences by exchanging questions and answers with the panel.

  

The seminar – the first of its kind ended up impressively and promised to be a benchmark for the next AACs for the years to come. This also marked a great leap forward for public outreach and development of astronomy education within the entire SEA region. Until next year!!!