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In this section, we will keep you updated on the happenings on SEBS. Here, we share our experiences of the exciting journey of the train across India. Your feedback and suggestions are welcome.

Station: Dharwad
State: Karnataka
Exhibition dates: 09.12.2014 -12.12.2014
Total visitors: 36,511

SEBS Phase III moved from Kasaragod to Dharwad in Karnataka. It was welcomed by Shri O. Rajappa, DCM, Hubli, South Western Railways. Dr. Vinod Rathod, ADMO, South Western Railways, along with the representatives from the Kerala State Biodiversity Board and Regional Science Centre, Dhrawad, were also present on the occasion.

Dharwad

Shri O. Rajappa welcoming SEBS at Dharwad

Dharwad

Students knowing about the Pitcher Plant

Dharwad

Platform Activity

Dharwad

Students in JOS Lab

Dr. Ramakanth, Chief Medical Superintendent Officer,Dr. Himachal V.K., Additional Chief Medical Superintendent Officer, Hubli and Shri B. H. Shreenivasha, from District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum, Dharwad, also visited SEBS at Dharwad and appreciated the efforts of the team onboard.

During its four day halt at Dharwad, a SEBS Phase III registered a total of 36,511 visitors, which also included 20,542 students from 223 different schools. The complementary activities of SEBS also received a very good response. In the JOS Lab, a total of 1,657 students participated and performed different experiments of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics & Environmental Science. Similarly, the Kids Zone was a preferred destination for the children from I to V standard, where they made some simple science based models and played biodiversity based games. It registered a total of 994 students in four days.

On the occasion of ‘International Mountain Day’, on 11 December, the SEBS team on-board conducted an awareness programme  through a special lecture  about the ‘Importance of Mountains in Our Life’, highlighting the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. At the end of the lecture a video documentary on ‘Mountain Biodiversity’ was also showcased to school students and teachers.

At Dharwad, SEBS Phase III crossed 16 lakh total visitors’ mark and 10 lakh general visitors’ mark. Besides, SEBS, cumulative of the three phases (Phase I, II & III) crossed 62.5 lakh visitors’ mark and Science Express cumulative of all the Phases till date (Phase I-VII) crossed 1.26 crore visitors’ mark. The achievements added a new zeal to the team and with a hope to receive similar response, the SEBS team packed up and made preparations for their journey towards the next scheduled station- Karad in Maharashtra.

Station: Kasaragod
State: Kerala
Exhibition dates: 04.12.2014 -07.12.2014
Total visitors: 42,462

From Shoranur, SEBS Phase III moved to Kasaragod in Kerala. It was welcomed by Shri T. E. Abdulla, Municipality Chairman, Kasaragod. Shri Raghavan C., Deputy Director of Education, Kasaragod, Shri Sadushiva N., District Education Officer, Kasaragod, & other Railway officials were also present on the occasion.

Kasaragod

Welcome of SEBS at Kasaragod

Kasaragod

Long queue of students

Kasaragod

Platform Activity

Kasaragod

Students knowing about marine biodiversity

An amazing response was received by SEBS during its four day halt at Kasaragod. Altogether in four days, SEBS registered a total of 42,462 visitors, including more than 19,000 students from 215 different schools of Kasaragod and adjoining areas. SEBS Phase III also received special visitors in the form of a group of 70 students from Marthoma Higher Secondary School for the Deaf, Charkala, Kasaragod. They were accompanied by their teachers and the SEBS team took special care in explaining the exhibits to them.

On the second day of its halt i.e. 5 December, the SEBS team observed the ‘World Soil Day’. A special talk on the ‘Importance of Mangroves for Soil Conservation’ was conducted to raise awareness about it among the students. Besides many activities and experiments based on ‘Soil Analysis and its Conservation’ was carried out in the JOS Lab, by the students with the help of SEBS team members.

The complementary activities of SEBS in the JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activities were very much appreciated by the participants as well as their teachers. The SEBS team also conducted an Outreach Activity at Jaimatha Senior Secondary School, Kasaragod, in which over 250 students participated. Additionally, the team also organized Teachers Orientation Program on the last two day of SEBS halt at Kasaragod, highlighting ‘Increasing the Scientific Temper among the Students’ and ‘Hands-on Approaches for Teaching Science & Mathematics’, for the Primary School Teachers.

At Kasaragod, many milestones were also crossed by SEBS Phase III. It crossed 15.5 lakh total visitors’ mark. Even the JOS Lab & the Kids Zone crossed 45,000 & 30,000 students’ mark, respectively, for the current phase till date. Furthermore, the Kids Zone, since its launch in 2013, crossed 85,000 students’ mark & SEBS, cumulative of the three phases (Phase I, II & III), crossed 62 lakh visitors’ mark at Kasaragod.

With this, the halt of SEBS Phase III at Kasaragod came to a successful end & the SEBS team packed up and made preparations for their journey towards the next scheduled station- Dharwad in Karnataka.

Station: Shoranur
State: Kerala
Exhibition dates: 01.12.2014 -03.12.2014
Total visitors: 30,661

The next station in the journey of SEBS Phase III was Shoranur. It was welcomed by Shri Anand Prakash, DRM, Palghat Division, Southern Railways, along with some other Railway officials.

Shoranur

Shri Anand Prakash welcoming SEBS

Shoranur

Long queue of students

Shoranur

Rain water Harvesting model in SEBS

Shoranur

Students in Kids Zone

During its three day halt at Shoranur, SEBS Phase III received more than 30,000 visitors, which included more than 22,000 schools students. On the first day of the exhibition, although it was raining, yet long queue of students waiting for their turn to enter into SEBS was seen. From the second day onwards, there was a significant increase in the number of visitors, and on the last day, SEBS registered a total of 14,152 visitors, including more than 10,000 students from 122 different schools. Thus, Shoranur turned out to be another of those stations in the journey of SEBS Phase III, where over 100 schools visited SEBS in a single day.

Apart from the exhibition, the activities of Kids Zone and JOS Lab were also very much appreciated by the students and teachers as well. In the Kids Zone, science based models like Sound Propagation, Food Pyramid, Elasticity of Rubber, Centre of Gravity, Straw Petal Fan, Parrot in a Cage, Little Yo-Yo etc. were made by children with the help of SEBS team members. Besides, they also enjoyed playing Biodiversity based game - Who Am I?, Web of Life & and Phal-Phool-Sabzi.  In the JOS Lab, experiments based on Refractive Index, Lava in the Cup, Electromagnetism, Wave Model, Density Gradient, Acid-Base Neutralization Reaction, Cell Model and Plant Identification-Basics of Taxonomy etc. were performed by students. Unfortunately, due to the absence of a proper shade at the platform where SEBS was stationed, the Platform Activities could not be conducted by the SEBS team.

At Shoranur, SEBS cumulative of the three phases (Phase I, II & III), crossed 61.5 lakh visitors’ mark. Besides, SEBS Phase III also crossed 4,000 school visits and 4 lakh student’s mark on the last day of its halt at Shoranur.

Although the halt of SEBS at Shoranur was just for three days, yet the enthusiasm shown by the people and students was very encouraging for the SEBS team. With a successful end of its halt, SEBS with its team packed up and made preparations for their journey towards the next scheduled station- Kasaragod in Kerala.

Station: Kollam
State: Kerala
Exhibition dates: 27.11.2014 -30.11.2014
Total visitors: 22, 080

From Thrissur, SEBS Phase III moved to Kollam in Kerala. It was welcomed by Shri Pranab Jyoti Nath, District Collector, Kollam. Some of the officials from the Railways were also present on the occasion.

Kollam

Shri Pranab Jyoti Nath welcoming SEBS

Kollam

Long queue of students

Kollam

Students learning about Waste Management

Kollam

SEBS team member conducting Platform Activity

An overwhelming response was received by SEBS Phase III at Kollam. Altogether in four day of its halt, SEBS received a total of 22,080 visitors, which included more than 7,000 school students from 67 different schools of Kollam and adjoining places. Even a good number of general visitors turned up to see the exhibition train.

A large number of children participated in the complementary activities of SEBS. In the Kids Zone, a total of 477 students participated and enjoyed making science based models like Yo-Yo, Whirling Fan, Turbine Sprinkler, Tap-Tap, Clap in the Air etc. On the other hand, in the JOS Lab, more than 1000 students participated and performed experiments based on Chromatography, Acid-Base Neutralization, Capillary Action, Surface Tension etc. The Platform Activity was another popular section of SEBS, in which, more than 3,700 students registered. They enjoyed interacting with the SEBS team members on some of the interesting topics related to Science & Mathematics and also Biodiversity related issues.

Kollam turned out to be a milestone station not only in the journey of SEBS Phase III, but for Science Express as well. On the second day of the exhibition at Kollam, SEBS Phase III crossed 15 lakh visitors’ mark. Ms. Anurima, a student of standard VIII, from Mayyamal Higher Secondary School, was felicitated by the SEBS team for being the 15th lakh visitors of SEBS Phase III. Additionally on the third day, Science Express, cumulative of all the phases (Phase I-VII), crossed 1 crore 25 lakh visitors’ mark. Ms. Arsha S., a student of standard VIII, from V.G.V.H.S.S, Perror, Kollam was felicitated for being the 1crore 25th lakh visitor to Science Express. These achievements were celebrated by the team and it added new enthusiasm to the team.

Kollam

Ms. Arsha S., felicitated for being the 1crore
25th lakh visitor to Science Express

Kollam

Ms. Anurima A., felicitated for being the 15th lakh visitor to SEBS Phase III

The crossing of milestones at Kollam, made the stay of SEBS at Kollam even more memorable. The team filled with new energy and motivation packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Shoranur in Kerala.

Station: Thrissur
State: Kerala
Exhibition date: 24.11.2014 -26.11.2014
Total visitors: 24, 022

From Tamil Nadu, SEBS Phase III moved to Thrissur in Kerala. It was welcomed by the Mayor of Thrissur, Shri Rajan J. Pallan. Some of the senior Railway officials of Thrissur were also present on the occasion.

Thrissur

Shri Rajan J. Pallan lightening lamp at
the welcome ceremony

Thrissur

A team member explaining an exhibit to visitors

Thrissur

Long queue of students

Thrissur

Students in Kids Zone

Although on the first day of exhibition at Thrissur, SEBS registered comparatively lesser number of visitors. However, from second day onwards, the numbers increased significantly, so much so that on the last day students from more than 120 schools visited SEBS. Altogether in three days of its halt at Thrissur, SEBS Phase III received a total of 24,022 visitors, which included more than 14,000 students from 186 different schools of Thrissur and adjoining areas.

Apart from the exhibition, the complementary activities of SEBS were also very much appreciated by the students and visitors. In the Kids Zone, a total of 627 children participated and enjoyed making science based models like Clap in the Air, Flying Fish, Yo-Yo, Climbing Man, Sound Propagation, Centre of Gravity etc. On the other hand,  Joy of Science Lab received a total of 930 students, who performed experiments based on Magic Cradle, Lens Camera, Centripetal & Centrifugal Forces, Atomic Structure, Metal & Non Metals, Polymerization Reaction, Properties of Rubber, Dissection of Flower, Types of Roots in Plants, Adaptations in Hydrophytes etc. Besides, the SEBS team also conducted a Teachers Orientation Program, in which New Approaches for Teaching Science & Mathematics, with emphasis on Hands-on Activities were discussed. Unfortunately, the Platform Activity could not be conducted due to lack of shade at the platform.

At Thrissur, SEBS Phase III crossed 20,000 teachers as visitors mark and 40,000 student’s participation in Joy of Science Lab, for the current phase, till date. Besides, SEBS, cumulative of the three phases (Phase I, II & III), also crossed 61 lakh visitors mark.

With this the scheduled halt of SEBS at Thrissur came to an end, and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Kollam in Kerala.

Station: Erode
State: Tamil Nadu
Exhibition date: 20.11.2014 -23.11.2014
Total visitors: 33,736

From Thanjavur, SEBS Phase III moved to Erode. It was welcomed by Shri Sathish, District Revenue Officer, Erode. Smt. Annapoorni, SDO, Erode,  Shri P. Ayyanan, Chief Education Officer, Erode & Mrs. Maithili, RTO, Erode, along with some senior officials from Railways were also present during the welcome ceremony. Besides, during the day, Shri B. Mani, PPS to the Secretary, Dept. of Science & Technology, Govt. of India, also visited the exhibition train and interacted with Science communicators aboard SEBS.

Erode

Shri Sathish welcoming SEBS

Erode

Long queue of students

Erode

Students in coach on Climate Change

Erode

A team member explaining about P itcher Plant

SEBS phase III received an overwhelming response from the students as well as general visitors at Erode. Altogether in four days, it received a total of 33,736 visitors. More than 16,000 students from 151 schools of Erode and adjoining areas visited SEBS. As the SEBS train was stationed at the goods line and it was difficult for the visitors to access the train. Hence, the turnout of the general visitors was low on the first two days, but from third day onwards, the number increased significantly.

Among the complementary activities of SEBS, the Kids Zone and JOS Lab, turned out to be very popular at Erode. On all the four exhibition days, long queue of students, waiting for their turn to enter into these two respective coaches was seen. In the JOS Lab, more than 1500 students participated and performed different experiments based on Science & Mathematics. Besides, it also crossed 40,000 students mark, for the current phase of SEBS, till date. On the other hand, in the Kids Zone, more than 1,100 children participated and made different science based models. The SEBS team also conducted Teachers Orientation Program on two days at Erode. Besides, an Outreach Activity at The Indian Public School, Erode, was also conducted, in which apart from demonstration of experiments of Science & Mathematics, a Night-Sky Watching through Telescope was also organized. It was very much enjoyed by the participating students. Due to the absence of a suitable Platform, the team was unable to organize Platform Activities for the students.

On the last day of the exhibition at Erode, a group of SEBS team members made an educational visit to the Vellode Bird’s sanctuary. It was an exciting learning experience for them.

With this, the four-day halt of SEBS at Erode came to an end, and the team SEBS once again packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station –Thrissur in Kerala.

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