Students of the Ashram Girls High School at Chintapalli in Visakhapatnam district visited the Regional Science Centre of the A.P. Council of Science and Technology in Vijayawada on Thursday.
As part of the sensitisation programme for tribal welfare hostel students under the Tribal Sub-Plan Component, a team of 50 SSC students under Paderu Integrated Tribal Development Agency visited the RSC.
Centre in-charge officer J. Dhilleswara Rao said that APCOST, in association with the Tribal Welfare Department of the ITDA and Social Welfare Department, Visakhapatnam, was spending Rs. 2.50 lakh and, in all, 250 students would be visiting the centre in five batches up to December 30. Trainers at the RSC explain the students as well as their teachers about various experiments in science, mathematics, and social studies in the lab.
The APCOST, a subsidiary of the Department of Forests, Environment, Science and Technology, provided food and transportation for the students during the day-long tour, said Mr. Rao.
“Students have been taught the Pythagoras Theorem, conic sections, parabolic reflector, pendulum patterns, wind mill, solar panels, universe, Global Positioning System, and such other topics.
“Such tours were conducted for students of Khammam, Vizianagaram, and West Godavari districts earlier,” said Mr. Rao.
Speaking to The Hindu, a student Luvvabu Lavanya of Labangi village in Chintapalli mandal said the trip provided her practical knowledge as their school did not have lab facility.
Another student Setty Sandhya Rani, who wanted to become an engineer, said she benefited from the exposure gained at the RSC on topics she had read in textbooks.
S. Kavitha, a teacher, said the science tour would provide overall knowledge for students in English, mathematics, science, and social and help increase the pass percentage.
“The tour is also helpful for teachers to update their knowledge,” she added.