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Students test scientific facts in summer camp

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They undergo special hobby courses in Tirunelveli

Hands-on: Students at the chemistry session of summer special holiday courses at the District Science Centre in Tirunelveli on Monday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen
Hands-on: Students at the chemistry session of summer special holiday courses at the District Science Centre in Tirunelveli on Monday. — Photo: A. Shaikmohideen

For the 60 students enjoying their holidays in a highly constructive fashion at the sprawling District Science Centre at Kokkirakulam here, their approach towards science from now on will be absolutely different, one can firmly believe.

To make holidays a meaningful one for the students, the District Science Centre is conducting summer special hobby courses on ‘Astronomy,' ‘Explore basic electronics,' and ‘Explore chemistry' from April 25 to May 7 for students studying in classes VIII to XI.

Since all these courses focus on hands-on training to make working models or projects in the respective field, exactly 100 students (30 each in Chemistry and Astronomy, and 40 in electronics) have opted to join these summer programmes even as the District Science Officer, Seetha Ram, expected only 60 entries.

Another interesting aspect is that ‘budding scientists' from even neighbouring Tuticorin and Kanyakumari districts have camped in their relatives' houses here with the sole objective of participating in this camp.

With the scientific knowledge of four guides to aid them, the students, keep their minds open to new ideas and convert them into real life activities by making their own models based on scientific principles.

To learn new ideas

The questions they raise as the sessions move on show their understanding of scientific principles, scientific temperament and their enthusiasm to learn new ideas.

While the students are extra cautious in their use of chemicals during the chemistry sessions though the reagents are less concentrated and relatively harmless, their keenness to know the celestial bodies knows no bounds when they sit for the astronomy sessions.

The 3D shows and also the recently established planetarium enthral the students a lot.

“All the working models being fabricated by our students will be displayed on May 7 during the valediction and you will be just amazed to see them,” says Education Assistant K. Jebaraj.

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