Indian space agency, ISRO, has just launched 'Antriksh Jigyasa', a knowledge portal for active learning & exploring Space Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM). This virtual platform also offers self-paced online courses on space science, technology, and applications.

ISRO Launches 'Antriksh Jigyasa', A Knowledge Portal for Active Learning & Exploring Space and STEM
One of the creative entry submitted to Antriksh Jigyasa for SkyPicks (Image - 

The platform enables, learners to register and login to ISRO E-CLASS Learning Management System (LMS) for accessing e-learning contents and study materials. The learners has to follow the defined course guidelines of each course, participate in the online activities and assessments to get course completion certificate.

Courses offered include Remote Sensing Technology, Geographic Information System, Space Science, Technology & Applications, among others.

One of the STEM components of the platform called "Space Varta", where ISRO scientists share the theory behind scientific concepts related to specific areas of space science, technology and applications, their experience in implementing the systems and success stories & outcomes of major space missions. It is an interactive programme for the registered listeners. However the live sessions will also be available through social media platforms for large outreach.

The registered users can post the questions during the live session and the selected questions will be answered by the subject matter expert.

The free courses are available as Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The login credentials will be activate initially for three months and learners has to complete the course within this time frame.

Antriksh Jigyasa also encompasses a platfrom SKYPICKS — a creative platform for the kids to showcase their imagination, creativity and talent connected to astronomy, astrophysics, space and related activities. The platform enables to submit creative photography, painting sketches, drawings, creative videos by kids after registration. ISRO evaluates these creatives on periodic basis and recognises the best submissions in an appropriate way.

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