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Inquisitive: Divisional Railway Manager P.N. Ram taking a look at the exhibits at the Science Express, which arrived in Salem on Wednesday.
Inquisitive: Divisional Railway Manager P.N. Ram taking a look at the exhibits at the Science Express, which arrived in Salem on Wednesday.

Staff Reporter

The rolling exhibition aims at rekindling students’ interest in science

SALEM: A large number of students and people visited the ‘Science Express’, an innovative science exhibition on rails, introduced to create scientific awareness among people, which arrived in Salem on Wednesday.

Divisional Railway Manager P.N. Ram inaugurated the exhibition at the Town Railway Station here.

The exhibits were designed and developed by Max Planck Society, Germany.

The Phase III of the Science Express, which began its journey in October at Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat, would travel to over 56 locations, covering 18,000 km in seven months.

The primary objective of the initiative is to nurture curiosity among the youth and rekindle their interest in science.

The exhibition has over 300 large format images, over 150 video clips and multimedia exhibits. It showcases cutting-edge research in science and technology.

Exhibits depicting mysteries of the world, ground-breaking discoveries, emerging issues, future-oriented technologies attracted a large number of visitors.

One coach showcased exclusively the glorious legacy of India and future programmes in science and technology.

Other attractions were the country’s achievements in information technology, biotechnology, space, nanotechnology, besides film shows on innovations, inventions, discoveries and topical issues.

A dedicated coach on Climate Change - cause, effect and mitigation, exhibits on Energy Conservation and posters on Nutrition were some of the new attractions in this phase.

Another special feature was the Joy of Science Lab in a coach, where students could perform experiments in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.

High School students could participate in the lab. No entry fee would be charged.

The Department of Science and Technology (DST) has entrusted Vikram A. Sarabhai Community Science Centre, Ahmedabad, with the task of co-ordination and managing the project.

The exhibition was primarily for students of IX standard and above. It will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Items like mobiles, cameras, bags, match-boxes, cigarettes, beedies, tobacco, water bottles, any liquid and any sharp pointed objects were not allowed on the train.

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