STEM & Space – IASC Asteroid Search Campaign

Empowering Citizen Scientists to Make Astronomical Discoveries

The STEM & Space Asteroid Search Campaign, in collaboration with The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC), is a month-long project that empowers citizen scientists and students worldwide by providing high-quality astronomical data to make original discoveries.

By participating in this campaign, students are able to participate in hands-on astronomy and get access to real observatory data. They gain insights into the possibility of asteroid impacts and how they are tracked for planetary defense.

Organising Partners

The International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) is NASA’s citizen science campaign. It is an online program where school students make original Main Belt Asteroid discoveries and important Near Earth Object observations.

Pan-STARRS: Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System for wide-field astronomical imaging. It is the largest single research project at the Institute for Astronomy, University of Hawaii. Funded by NASA’s Near-Earth Object Observation Program, it is currently employed to hunt and track potentially dangerous space objects.

NASA has been instrumental in conducting various outreach programs for detecting asteroids. NASA’s Near Earth Object Program was established in 1998 and it sponsors projects that make use of telescopes around the world to search for NEOs, track them across the sky to determine their orbits, and gain information on their sizes, shapes, and composition.

Participating Schools

Role of STEM & Space as A Mentor

To make your IASC journey incredible and seamless, we have built a platform where participants will be supported through

High quality content created by STEM & Space team

Software training on asteroid detection

Trouble shooting

Benefits of joining IASC Program

The background about asteroids and how to detect and prevent their impact
Effective ways to use the Astrometrica software
Data Analysis & Data Visualization
International recognition from IASC & NASA

IASC Citizen Scientists Detections

Performance at a Glance

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Students Trained
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Preliminary Discoveries
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Provisional Discoveries

Provisional Discoveries for - Year 2020

Provisional Discoveries for - Year 2021

Registration Criteria

Eligibility

Infrastructure required

Other information

STEM & Space IASC Campaign Dates

50 TEAMS

2024

Post Registration Process

Our experts will conduct an elaborate guided online workshop, preceding the actual campaign. 

Session training by STEM and Space experts.

Training 1 - About the Program, Software, and Analysis
Training 2 - Know the web interface

Receive and analyze real datasets from IASC
During the month-long campaign, work online to analyse data and report asteroids

Frequently Asked Questions

Everything you need to know about the process and details
Students from class 6th to 12th can participate.
No, you can join the search even if you know nothing about asteroids. It will be a great way to learn about them.
Yes, a team of two participants is required. If you don’t have a team member, please inform us. We will provide a team with whom you can precede in this project. However STEM & Space will not be responsible for the performance of the team member during the project.
All the registered participants will have access to the learning system of STEM & Space for initial self paced learning. STEM & Space will also conduct a session for each team to explain the functioning of software and will also assist in event of any technical glitch. In the learning system of STEM & Space, the participant will have access to short videos and troubleshooting information.
Students need to check their registered email ids frequently for all information.
All training videos, self- paced learning material will be uploaded on the LMS for participants to access and understand as per their ease. Access to LMS will be granted on or after March 22nd, 2022.

Frequently Asked
Questions

Which classes are eligible for the program?
Students from class 6th to 12th can participate.
Do I need to have prior knowledge of asteroids or experience in asteroid hunting?
No, you can join the search even if you know nothing about asteroids. It will be a great way to learn about them.
Do I need to have a teammate?
Yes, a team of two participants is required. If you don’t have a team member, please inform us. We will provide a team with whom you can precede in this project. However STEM & Space will not be responsible for the performance of the team member during the project.
How do I get trained to participate in “International Asteroid Discovery Project”?

All the registered participants will have access to the learning system of STEM & Space for initial self paced learning. STEM & Space will also conduct a session for each team to explain the functioning of software and will also assist in event of any technical glitch. In the learning system of STEM & Space, the participant will have access to short videos and troubleshooting information.

I haven’t received any mail from IASC?
Students need to check their registered email ids frequently for all information. Make sure you provide an email during registration which can be accessed regularly by the student.
How will mentors communicate with the students during the campaign?
During the month-long campaign, mentors will advise students on a whatsapp groups. Parents are requested to provide a student's number and let students be part of this group so they can view all discussions.

Get in touch

Do you want your students to participate in International Asteroid Discovery Project? If yes, you may reach out to us at 91- 8506955554/7 or write to us iasc@stemandspace.com .