After stupendous success of 10th edition of Tata Steel Young Astronomer Talent Search (YATS), the 11th edition is back with a bang! Organised in collaboration with Pathani Samanta Planetarium,this flagship event of the Tata Steel in Odisha, is aimed to promote the contributions of legendary Odisha astronomer, Pathani Samanta in the field of Astronomy. YATS seeks to identify and promote the talents of school students in the field of space science by providing them platforms to test and express their knowledge.
So what are you waiting for? Come and participate.
Pathani Samanta Planetarium is a premier institute of Odisha promoting science, astronomy, astrophysics and space science under the administrative control of Science and Technology Department, Government of Odisha. It has advanced digital planetarium projection system imported from USA. Till date, the planetarium has presented more than 25 different kinds of programmes to the public. Apart from regular shows, other activities are also organized by the planetarium such as Journey to Planets, The Moon: Our Neighbor in Space, The Mars, The Myriad Sun, World & Weathers and The Starry Sky.
The format of the competition is as follows:
- Open Quiz Competition on astronomy (Eligibility: Classes VII & VIII)
- Essay Competition with a section containing objective questions on astronomy (Eligibility: Classes IX & X)
Topics for Essay Competition:
You have the choice to prepare on any of the topics and express your essay-writing skills when we visit your school!
I appeared for YATS this year for the first time. It was during my stay at state level camp, when I came across wonderful projects and innovative concepts. I'm quite fortunate to be among the "Top 20 Young Astronomers" of Odisha which was indeed an unexpected achievement.Prachi BhoiYear of participation: 2015
YATS is a really good science fair which focuses on projects related to outer space. Participating in YATS was a great experience for me as I came to know many things and meet the honourable judges of YATS.Ankit SatpathiYear of participation: 2015
It is an unforgettable experience. Those two days, before the result was declared, went in anxiety as well as excitement. This was possible because of the kind of support I got from my teachers, my parents and my friends.Pratiksha TripathyYear of participation: 2015
It was a very great time for me when my name was declared in the top twenty finalists in Odisha. Then I realised that hardwork really pays. ISRO visit is not a small thing for me. It will help me a lot in my higher education. Not only was the tour important but also the friends I made there. For all my success, my parents were the torchbearer for me.Utkal KeshariYear of participation: 2015
I was very excited & enjoyed the exhibition day at Pathani Samant Planetarium. The new ideas represented through the models on life on Mars are very interesting. I feel privileged to be a member who visited ISRO.Devanjali MahantyYear of participation: 2015
It was wonderful seeing the workings behind Chandrayan 2 and the labs at ISRO. I really liked the dedication the scientists had for their work. Hats off to them. I thank the sponsors for giving me this opportunity to visit ISRO.Amit VaishnavYear of participation: 2014
This is my first time at YATS. I am happy to see all the preparation made by Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium. I am extremely happy to be a part of this event as I thoroughly enjoyed it.Santosh Kumar GoudaYear of participation: 2014
I had a wonderful experience on 12th and 13th of December, and got a lot of experience and came across a lot of innovative ideas. The stay and food arrangement was good. During my interaction with the Deputy Director, I suggested more than twenty students should be selected to visit ISRO. My suggestion was appreciated by the parents and participants. My happiest moment was when my name was declared among the Top Twenty students.Barnali DasYear of participation: 2014
The visit played a very eloquent role in my life. The interaction with scientists in ISRO really moved me. It was a dream come true. Our visit to other educational centers of Bengaluru was also very motivating. Interacting with people who have excelled in their respective fields was really inspiring. This trip gave me a new dimension to pursue my career. A big thanks to Tata Steel and Pathani Samanta Planetarium for giving all of us this opportunity. I shall always cherish these days.Aditi PanigrahiYear of participation: 2013
Check if your school has received YATS 2017-18 notifications and if your school has confirmed the participation for quiz and essay competitions. If yes, we will notify you about date, venue and timings.
The schools can confirm their participation online at website or through mail address shared on the page. No registrations are required for the open-quiz.
When we visit your school, the on-the-spot essay competition will be conducted on any one of the four topics.
Students of Classes IX & X are eligible to participate in the on-the-spot essay competition. All students from Classes VII & VIII can participate in the open-quiz. It will be conducted on the same day as the essay
The open-quiz competition will be conducted at the school and winners will be felicitated on the spot.
For the essay competition, all essays will be collected and evaluated later by an independent jury. We will select two winners from each district out of whom the nal 20 winners will be felicitated and taken on an exposure trip to ISRO.
All district winners will be invited to the grand finale of YATS 2017-18 at Bhubaneswar from December 12 to 13, 2017, and the top 20 winners will be announced after a brief round of evaluation and engagement activities.
|Notification to schools||August 2 – August 10, 2017|
|Last date of con rmation by schools for participation||August 15, 2017|
|Engagement with schools (Quiz Essay Competitions)||August 16 – October 20, 2017|
|Evaluation of Essays||October 21 – November 15, 2017|
|Declaration of Results||November 16 – November 30, 2017|
|Grand Finale at Bhubaneswar, Odisha||December 12 – December 13, 2017|
|ISRO Visit||May 2018 (Dates to be confirmed)|