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Exhibition under way at Tirupati

Informative:Students keenly watching an exhibit on ‘radiation around us’ at the Regional Science Centre in Tirupati on Saturday.— PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR
Informative:Students keenly watching an exhibit on ‘radiation around us’ at the Regional Science Centre in Tirupati on Saturday.— PHOTO: K.V. POORNACHANDRA KUMAR

‘Radiation’ is one word which evokes multiple connotations among the public. While some view it in a true sense of scientific inquiry, others connect it to the gloomy aspect of nuclear radiation and its ill-effects. ‘Radiation around us’, a travelling science exhibition under way at Regional Science Centre-Tirupati (RSCT), aims at dispelling these myths and put forward different facets of radiation and its implications on human life.

The makeshift gallery at the centre begins with a post-mortem of the recent ‘Fukushima Disaster’, which is explained with interactive charts and visuals.

Other aspects of nuclear science are explained in separate exhibits like radioactive dating, radiation safeguards, nuclear medicine, nuclear waste management, fear and facts offering a comprehensive insight into the issue.

Remaining thematically linked exhibits focus on providing an overview of different types of radiations, both natural and man-made, through multimedia programmes, model charts, visuals and quiz games.

Quiz contest

A life-size model of a person surrounded by hexagonal shaped enclosures, housing various sources of radiation, is one of the major attractions at the exhibition. Visitors can also learn the concepts of radio waves, electromagnetic spectrum, heat waves and radiations from outer space with impressive working models. A special pop quiz for students is also held, where three teams can test their knowledge about various radiations.

Speaking to The Hindu , RSCT project coordinator R. Manigandan opined that the exhibition would play a major role in making the public aware of various physical aspects of radiations.

“In an age where radiations are increasingly harvested for human welfare, there is an urgent need for awareness among public so that they can make informed choices about radiation related issues,” he added.

The exhibition will be held till April end and later move on to Periyar Science & Technology Centre, Chennai. For more details contact: 0877- 2286202.

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