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TAKING A LOOK: Visitors at the science exhibition organised at Primrose School in Puducherry recently. Photo: T. Singaravelou
TAKING A LOOK: Visitors at the science exhibition organised at Primrose School in Puducherry recently. Photo: T. Singaravelou

Deepa H Ramakrishnan

Glass paintings by groups, individual works on display

PUDUCHERRY: "Come, I will tell you," said a tiny voice by the side and the girl started explaining her experiment on how to rub a comb on a shawl and then touch small pieces of paper, thus turning the comb into a magnetic rod. Kavyachandra, a student of Standard I of Primrose School, a unit of The Mother's Service Society in Oulgaret, was a participant at a science exhibition organised at the school recently.

Children from the KG classes to Standard VI of the school took part in the exhibition. The students enthusiastically displayed an array of models. Mohana Priya, another student, demonstrated how she could make bigger and stronger soap bubbles if she were to add sugar into soap solution.

A small measure of vinegar, saffron and sodium bicarbonate added up to make Arwa Huzefa Lal's bubbling volcano. A few floating corks and metal pieces helped Kishore of UKG show that heavier objects sank in water.

Vigasini showed how carbon dioxide, made using vinegar and soda, could be used to put out fire from a candle. The candle was placed in a pool of water and the vinegar and soda added to the water. As the fumes rose from the water, the candle was automatically put out. Savitri of Standard VI showed a working model of a simple elevator and Jaiks showed how a dynamo worked.

S. Shravani of Standard II displayed her project of how dams helped store water and produce hydro electric power with a thermocol model.

On the same day, an exhibition of paintings of the children was held. Glass paintings made by groups and individual works of students were on display. Children had also made various objects using polymer clay and baked them to keep them in shape.

The walls of the school were decorated with scientific facts like "Did you know that mosquitoes are attracted to the colour blue twice as much as to any other colour?" and "elephants are the only animals that can't jump".

Academic director Leslie Jacobs said art classes were being conducted every day for all classes and that the students of Standard VI had their own website.

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