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- Monday, December 31, 2012 - From Print Edition




The 9th Buraq Space Camp was held here on Sunday. Professor Dr. Atta ur Rehman was among the many dignitaries who attended the function. Aiman Kanwal from Swat, Shahwar Atiq Khursheed from Islamabad, Saman Fatima and Rabiya Rasheed from Lahore won the first prize.


The team of four will have the opportunity to travel to an International Space Camp or receive a two-year scholarship for their higher secondary education.


Buraq Planetary Society, formed in 1993, is the oldest and only registered society exclusively working to spread awareness and understanding of the significance of space sciences within the youth of Pakistan.


In addition to over twenty talks by prominent scientists, intellectuals, and entrepreneurs, the student also learned through eight experiential learning assignments such as hands-on telescope making, water rocket building, hot air balloon making and much more. The students undertook two field trips to Pakistan Aeronautical Complex and to Institute of Space Technology where they saw the latest advancements in the aerospace, aeronautical and space industries.


The camp and prizes are fully sponsored by the Buraq Planetary Society and the selected students are not required to pay any fees or cost to attend the camp. Similar to previous camps, the latest camp brings forty of the smartest students in the fourteen to sixteen age group from across Pakistan to Islamabad to be exposed to some of the brightest minds in physics, strategy and space sciences in the region. The students attended 12 days at Buraq Camp.


Students registered on the society’s website were earlier given a simultaneous nation wide written aptitude test, which tested their mathematical and creative thinking skills and was used as the primary criterion for entry to the camp.