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Students can conduct hands-on experiments in core subjects

EXCITING EXPERIMENTS:A volunteer explains a subject to children on board the ‘Science Express', which reached Hubli on Tuesday.
EXCITING EXPERIMENTS:A volunteer explains a subject to children on board the ‘Science Express', which reached Hubli on Tuesday.

The Science Express, an innovative Science Exhibition mounted on a specially designed 16-coach air-conditioned train arrived at Hubli railway station on Tuesday. It was formally inaugurated by Divisional Railway Manager of Hubli Praveen Kumar Mishra.

The Science Express is travelling in its fourth phase scheduled till June 16, during which it will travel to 57 locations, mostly newer locations, and will be covering 18,000 km.

And at each location, the train would halt for three or four days to allow maximum number of visitors to watch it.

Addressing a gathering after formally inaugurating the science exhibition on wheels, Mr. Mishra called upon the students to visit the exhibition and take advantage of the innovative endeavour.

Joy of science

He said the students could conduct hands-on experiments in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics in the joy of science laboratory in batches.

Additional Divisional Manager Premchand was present.

Of the 16 AC coaches in the Science Express, 12 are exhibition coaches, in which exhibits on various subjects are on display apart from brief sketches of Indian scientists. A dedicated coach on Climate Change — Cause, Effect and Mitigation, sponsored by HSBC, under the “Earth Science Forum”, its joint initiative with the Department of Science and Technology, had been redesigned and updated.

On the first day of the exhibition panels on Indian scientists and their contribution in various disciplines of science, exhibition on water, working models such as “Your age on other planets” and “Your weight on other planets” were the centre of attraction.

Interesting exhibits

The exhibition has exhibits on the way to Big Bang, Nanocosmos, Building Blocks of Life, From “Gene to Organism”, Architecture of the Mind, The World of Senses, Technologies of the Future, Climate Change, Global Challenges, Spaceship Earth, Our Home in the Cosmos, The Universe, India's Achievements in Science, and the Joy of Science Lab.

On the first day as there was not much crowd, the volunteers trained by the Vikram Sarabhai Community Centre had sufficient time to educate the visitors mostly students.

The Science Express is open to public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will stay at Hubli till Friday.

And it is free. The exhibition on wheels has been parked on the VIP section adjacent to Platform No. 1.

However, because of security reasons, the visitors would not be allowed to carry items such as mobiles, cameras, bags, match boxes, cigarettes, beedis, tobacco, water bottles, any liquid and any sharp pointed objects on the Science Express.

It might be recalled that the Science Express was specially fabricated for Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India by the Rail Coach Factory, Kapurthala. A majority of the exhibits had been designed and developed by Max Planck Society (MPS), Germany, a Nobel Prize Powerhouse.

The Science Exhibition Express was flagged off by the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of Germany at New Delhi Railway Station on October 30, 2007, since then it had been showcased in over 200 locations across India.

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