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IBM Encourages Students To Develop PICO Satellites And Drones

Working with The American India Foundation, the newly launched Innovation Project under the flagship: STEM for Girls India initiative, saw participation from 5214 students’ in Uttarakhand.

IBM, along with its implementation partner, The American India Foundation, under its STEM for Girls India (SFGI) programme launched the Innovation Project. In this edition of the Innovation Project, IBM and AIF conducted hands-on training with 30 students to develop PICO Satellites and Drones in Uttarakhand. 

The 2-day event was inaugurated by Banshidhar Tiwari, State Project Director (SPD), Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Uttarakhand, in the presence of  Manoj Balachandran, Head, Corporate Social Responsibility, IBM, Jasbir Kaur, Lead, STEM for Girls project and Sanyukta Chaturvedi, Program Director, Digital Equalizer, AIF.

Students assembled drones, simulation, and design software, and used them to launch PICO Satellites which will be used to observe various parameters in the earth's atmosphere, like wind speed, UV Rays, GPS, Pressure, and Temperature. Out of all participants, 135 students were selected to participate in the training program. The selected students attended 13 virtual training sessions where they learned about the operation of satellites, drones, avionics, structural materials, selection of payload, electronic power system, designing and analysis software knowledge. 

The selected students attended 13 virtual training sessions where they learned about the operation of satellites, drones, avionics, structural materials, selection of payload, electronic power system, designing and analysis software knowledge. 

The programme was designed with the following aims:

  • To impart knowledge about satellites, drones, and space technology
  • To promote aspirations for higher education in STEM subjects and space technology
  • To provide hands-on experience in assembling satellites and drones
  • To create awareness about the STEM careers and develop confidence and problem-solving skills



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