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Counting bones: On National Science day

Counting bones: On National Science day  

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The National Science Day was observed with many programmes in schools.

As Aubrey Eben once said, “Science is not a sacred cow. Science is a horse. Don't worship it. Feed it.” Everything we do has an element of science to it, right from breathing to understanding a weather report. Science has become an integral part of our life. It is important to understand the application of science and not just reading it. Science is applied in our day to day activities such as cooking, playing, using computer, and others . Anjali Razdan, principal of P. Obul Reddy Public School says, “We breathe science, think science, everything we do is science. It is important that children understand the application of science.”

In the spirit of celebrating science, the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), declared February 28 as National Science Day.

“National Science Day is celebrated to commemorate Sir Raman's discovery of Raman Effect. We learn how to create an artificial rainbow through sunlight using a prism,” shares Mukrram, a Std. VIII student of Harow Public School.

Exhibitions, debates, lectures and quiz competitions were organised in city schools. As part of their National Science Day celebrations, Harrow Public School organised a science quiz and demonstrated how to create an artificial rainbow.

The emphasis was on light, Vishal of Std. VIII, Harrow Public School, who participated in the quiz competition says, “Through this programme we learnt a lot of new things about science. We also had a special assembly on science”.

Science isn't just all about theory; it's also about practical's in the form of experiments and working models.

The students of Oxford Grammar School had a science fair recently, where they showcased their creative projects and charts. Kavya Shree, a Std. IX student explains, “We had many themes. My theme was water management. So I created a model which prevents water overflow. When the water overflows, the alarm system installed in my project starts ringing, thus water can be saved.”

While models and quiz interests some, there are others who like experimenting in labs.

“My favourite experiment is the blast furnace. We ;earned how to get molten iron at the end,” shares Seshank, of Std. IX, Oxford Grammar School. This day was the perfect platform for the children to showcase their competence in science.

G. Prabhakar, Science Co-coordinator of Hyderabad District, said, “The schools should promote scientific temperament among students.”

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