Mobile planetariums to encourage students’ engagement

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The Karnataka Government has launched mobile digital planetariums. It has been done to enhance the use of science and astronomy among students using immersive learning technology.

The Government has also customised five vans for touring purpose within the district headquarters at a cost of Rs 1.9 crore each. The complete project costs at around Rs 6 crore and the development process took two years for this project.

The mobile planetariums will utilise two inflatable dome tents with fish eye lens projectors, they will help recreate the environment of looking at the stars and at the outer space. This is first such initiative in the country as claimed by the state government.

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The director, Anant Kulkarni, Varnaaz Technologies Pvt Ltd, is a Bengaluru-based technology training company informed that each tent has been imported from Hong Kong and one session can accommodate 30-40 students at a time.

With some of the prominent names in the science community and headquarters of premier agencies like Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the Karnataka Government with this project is trying to get enhanced student engagement in the field of space and astronomy.

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