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INSPIRATION: P.S. Joseph, Principal, Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Mannachanallur speaking at the winter camp in Tiruchi on Wednesday. —
INSPIRATION: P.S. Joseph, Principal, Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Mannachanallur speaking at the winter camp in Tiruchi on Wednesday. —

Staff Reporter

TIRUCHI: Inquisitiveness is key to effective learning. And that is what Anna Science Centre – Planetarium here has been fostering among school children with its various programmes that focus on practical dimensions of their theoretical learning throughout the year.

And now, the two-day Winter Student Camp – 2009 that got off to a start at the Centre on Wednesday has been designed to orient them on interested nuances of science learning from what they observe in their day-to-day life.

The annual camp has attracted 55 students of standards VII to IX from various parts of Tiruchi and Pudukottai districts, T.M. Alagiri Swamy Raju, Project Director, Anna Science Centre, said.

“Knowledge acquired in classrooms alone will not suffice. An awareness of the science in our environs is vital for developing the inquisitive spirit. Students ought to make it a point to interact with teachers in classrooms for enhancing their comprehension of concepts further,” Mr. P.S. Joseph, Principal, Chidambaram Pillai College for Women, Mannachanallur, said, addressing the inaugural of the camp.

T.R.G. Gowthaman, Yoga Master, handled a session on ‘Yoga Science’ to familiarise students with the method of improving concentration through meditation while S. Rubanraj of the Department of Mathematics dwelt on ‘Basic Astronomy’.

The session helped students to understand the safety parameters to be adopted while viewing celestial objects. The day ended with Science Demonstration by J.R. Pazhaniswamy, Senior Scientific Assistant at the Centre.

Likewise, the second day of the camp promises variety. Sessions will be held on ‘Science Around Us’ by Mr. Raju; ‘Telescope and Observation’ by S. Jayapaul, Scentific Assistant at the Centre; Motivational Science by Ramesh, Motivational Trainer; and on ‘Science and Magic’ and ‘Origami’ by S. Natarajan, Science Communicator.

The camp will end with sky observation from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

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