Four day workshop on model rocketry was held at Science City, Chennai for the teachers and science communicators of Southern states of India. The programme was conducted by the Vigyan Prasar and Tamil Nadu Science and Technology centre. On 17th November 2014 at 10 am the programme was inaugurated by Sri. P Vijaya Sarathy, Group Director, MSA, SDSC, Sri Harikkotta on the function which is presided by Dr. P. Iyamperumal, Executive Director, TSTC, Chennai.
The welcome speech was by Dr. S. Soundararajaperumal, Joint Director, Periyar Science and Technology Centre, Chennai, and Dr. R. Srinivasan, Scientific Officer had the vote of thanks.
A lecture on the topic 'Satish Dhavan Space Centre, SHAR – the space port of India ' was done by Sri Vijaya Sarathy after the inauguration. 40 participants from southern states participated in the workshop.
In the next session the Sri. Murari conducted the hands on training on model rocketry. After a lecture, he demonstrated how to make strong rocket, with all scientific principles, using paper.
The next day the participants made their own rocket. On the afternoon they have launched the rocket to the atmosphere. Sri. B.K.Tyagi from Vigyan Prasar and Dr. R.Varaprasad from SDSC,SHAR came at this time and they too launched the rocket. After that there was lecture by Dr.R.Varaprasad on the topic 'Indian Space Programme – A Glance'. After the session Sri.Tyagi started the focus group discussion about Role of Science Club.
Third day there was a field visit to Satish Dhavan Space Centre, Sri Harikkotta. All the organisers of the programme were also accompanied. The field visit was a great experience to all participants, which they have thrilled to see the mission control centre, launching pad and the whole island.
The fourth day the discussion about the science club, science education and science communication were done by the leadership of Sri. B.K.Tyagi. All the participants give the details regarding the Role of Science Club in every field. After the discussion a class by Dr. T. Muruganandan, Aerospace dept, IIT Madras were done on the topic Physics of Rocketry. After the lecture, the valedictory function started. One participant from each state shared their experience about the programme. The certificates were issued in this event.