The Aeronautical Society of Mauritius (AeSM) was invited to take part in the National Science Week exhibition at the Rajiv Gandhi Science Centre on the 9th, 10th and 11th of May 2017. The Society responded, sending a team composed of Cyril Belcourt , Anand Kinnoo, Deepcy Bungshy and Dick Twomey – ably assisted by new colleagues Wahil and Asil Aumeerud – who explained the world of Aviation, Aeronautics and Astronautics to hundreds of schoolchildren and their teachers, from both Primary and Secondary schools. Deepcy, dressed in her uniform as a co-pilot with Air Mauritius, made a great impression on the young people who clearly saw her as an ideal role model.
Model aircraft types from a variety of past decades were used to show-off the rapid development of aircraft design which has occurred since the Wright Brothers’ historic first flight in December 1903, and these were also used to demonstrate the action of the flight control surfaces for ensuring the stability of flight. Our visitors were particularly intrigued to watch drone models both on the ground and in the air, and to learn of the lifesaving capabilities of modern drones, which are able to locate lost people in mountainous regions and even to drop lifejackets to fishermen or swimmers in difficulties in the sea.
The AeSM team explained the mechanics of flight to the visiting students and offered information on current worldwide aeronautical activities, for example Supersonics, Men on the Moon, and Solar-powered Flight. A leaflet launching a new AeSM venture “Junior Aviators” also became a popular “take-away” for the young people. .
Alongside the Aeronautical Society were the following organizations which were showcasing their use of Science and Technology at the National Science Week event: University of Mauritius, Met Services, Ministry of Health and Quality of Life, Mauritius Oceanography Institute, National Coastguard, Police, Mauritius Institute of Education, Mauritius Institute of Training and Development, Albion Fisheries Research, Early Childhood Care Attendants , Fellowship of First Aiders, and the national radio and television company the MBC.
There must be many more scientific/ technology bodies who missed this opportunity.
Resolution for next year!