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10-day summer science camp will conclude today

‘All concerted efforts should be made to understand the nature of science’

Curiosity is the hallmark of science:

RIEM principal

MYSORE: The summer science camp being held at the Regional Institute of Education, Mysore (RIEM), opened up new vistas to students of the city.

The 10-day camp, which will conclude on Thursday, had 27 sessions. They included discussion on improvised apparatus, computer basics, food adulteration and plastination. Also, there were science activities, a visit to the zoo, clay modelling, nature walk, a snake show, art work, a visit to Mysore dairy, origami, slide show on birds, food and nutrition, bird-watching, a visit to the Regional Museum of Natural History (RMNH) and yoga.

Twenty-five children from Demonstration Multipurpose School, St. Joseph’s Central School, Baden Powell School, Amrutha Vidyalaya School, Kendriya Vidyalaya, JSS Public School, Saraswathipuram, and Siddharthanagar, JCE Campus School, Bharathi Vidya Bhavan School and Manasasarovara Pushkarani School are attending the programme. G.R. Prakash, Reader in Chemistry, RIEM, is coordinating the activities of the camp.

Principal of RIEM G.T. Bhandge set the tone during the inauguration and said that all concerted efforts should be made to understand the nature of science. “Seeing is different from observation,” he said and cited the example of Sir Isaac Newton and the apple falling, which made him question why the apple fell. Newton conducted several experiments with different materials such as wood, stone and cotton. Finally he concluded that the earth has a gravitational force resulting in the discovery of the Law of Gravity.

Prof. Bhandage also explained that while a candle burns one could make as many 35 types of observations. Curiosity, he said, was the hallmark of science, and it revolved around experimenting and not just reading.