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Science Express - Biodiversity Special Phase III Update

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: Thanjavur
State: Tamil Nadu
Exhibition date: 18.11.2014 -19.11.2014
Total visitors: 22,681

The next station in the journey of SEBS Phase III was Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu. It was welcomed by Smt. Praveena, Additional Divisional Engineer, Trichy along with Shri Jaybheem T. P., Sub Divisional Magistrate, Thanjavur.

Thanjavur

Smt. Praveena welcoming SEBS

Thanjavur

Shri Jaybheem T. P in SEBS coach

Thanjavur

Long queue of students

Thanjavur

Teachers making models in Kids Zone

Some of the distinguished guest visiting SEBS at Thanjavur included Shri D. Anna Pillai, District Education Officer, Kumbakonam, Shri G. Ranganathan, District Education Officer (In-Charge), Thanjavur and Dr. Nagarajan, from the Tamil University, Thanjavur. The guests also appreciated the efforts of the team in spreading awareness about Biodiversity & Climate Change among the school students.

Altogether during its two day halt, at Thanjavur, SEBS registered a total of 22,681 visitors including more than 13,000 students from 80 different schools of Thanjavur and adjoining areas. More than 100 students from the Govt. Higher Secondary School for the Deaf, and a group of students from Govt. Higher Secondary School for Blinds, visited SEBS. The SEBS team members facilitated these students in a special way with the help of their teachers. Besides, on the last day of the exhibition, a group of students from Govt. Juvenile School also visited SEBS. They were so impressed with the exhibition train, that they thanked the team SEBS by presenting their Drawings, as a token of remembrance.

Apart from the exhibition, the students also enthusiastically participated in the activities of the Kids Zone & JOS Lab. However, the Platform was not suitable for conducting Platform Activities. Hence for the convenience and security of the visitors, the Platform Activity remained suspended on both the days at Thanjavur. The SEBS team also conducted Teachers Orientation Program for using hands-on approach for teaching Science & Mathematics. It was well appreciated by the participating teachers.

After a hectic, yet a successful two day halt at Thanjavur, the team SEBS once again packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station –Erode in Tamil Nadu.

Station: Salem Town
State: Tamil Nadu
Exhibition date: 17.11.2014
Total visitors: 7,435

From Jolarpettai, SEBS Phase III moved to Salem Town in Tamil Nadu. It was welcomed by Shri Shubhranshu, Divisional Railway Manager, Salem Division, Southern Railways, in the presence of other officials from the Railways.

Jolarpettai

Shri Shubhranshu welcoming SEBS

Jolarpettai

Long queue of schools students

Jolarpettai

Students in a coach of SEBS

Jolarpettai

Platform Activity

As the scheduled halt of SEBS at Salem was for only one day, large number of students from different schools and colleges visited the exhibition train and the SEBS team also tried to give their best so as to satisfy the curiosity of the visitors. Throughout the day, long queue of visitors was seen at the Platform. 

It was also the ‘International Students Day’ and the SEBS team organized different activities for the students of different age groups in the Kids Zone, JOS lab & at the Platform. SEBS team conducted a Debate Competition for students on the topic ‘Existing Indian Education System Needs Reform’. Students from three schools participated in it. It was followed by an interactive discussion on some of the related topics i.e. ‘Grading System’, ‘Preference of Mother Tongue over National Language’, ‘Curriculum Activities’, ‘Teaching Methods’, ‘Out of the Box Thinking’, ‘Change Needed in the Education System’ etc. In addition to it, SEBS team also organized another competition on the topic ‘Five Best Ideas to be an Eco-friendly Student’, in which the students wrote their individual ideas. In the end the winners of these competitions were also awarded prizes and participation certificates.

Altogether during the day, SEBS registered a total of 7,435 visitors including, more than 3,000 students from 36 different schools. Besides, Science Express, cumulative of all the phases till date (Phase I - VII), also crossed 1 crore 24 lakh visitors mark. Even Kids Zone, crossed 80, 000 students’ participation mark, since its launch in 2013.

Although, the halt of SEBS at Salem was very short, yet the response received was very encouraging. After a hectic schedule of the day, the team SEBS once again packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station -Thanjavur in Tamil Nadu.

Station: Jolarpettai
State: Tamil Nadu
Exhibition date: 14.11.2014 - 16.11.2014
Total visitors: 27,631

From Whitefield, SEBS moved to Jollarpettai in Vellore district of Tamil Nadu. It was welcomed by Dr. M. Bhaskar, Additional Chief Medical Superintendent Officer, Jollarpettai. Shri T. Raja, Station Manager, Jollarpettai, Ms. P. Priyadarshini, District Education Officer, Thiruppattur, and other Railway officials were also present on this occasion.

Jolarpettai

Dr. M. Bhaskar welcoming SEBS

Jolarpettai

Students of a college in SEBS

Jolarpettai

Students solving Mathematical Puzzle in JOS Lab

Jolarpettai

 Winner of a competition held on Childrens’ Day

At Joalrpettai, SEBS was visited by Shri M. L Srinivasan, D.L.O National Service Scheme, Thirupattur, Shri A. Ramachandran, Assistant Divisional Engineer, Jollarpettai & Shri S. K Natrajan, IRSEE, Sr. DEE, Southern Railways, Arakkonam. The distinguished guests not only appreciated the exhibits but also praised the efforts of the team aboard SEBS.

The first day of SEBS exhibition at Jolarpettai was also the ‘Children’s Day’ & ‘International Diabetes Day’ and the SEBS team celebrated it in a special way. The team organized different activities and competitions for students of different age groups. A Poster Competition on the theme ‘I am spreading my wings; Want to Fly High’, Drawing Competition on topic ‘Fly with Imagination’, Essay Writing Competition on the theme ‘Beautiful Childhood’ & a Quiz Competition on ‘Nutrition & Diabetes’ was conducted. In the end the winners of these competitions were felicitated with prizes. Additionally, a competition on ‘Measures for Uniting India’ was conducted amongst the students to know their thoughts on the topic and the unanimous answer that came out was ‘Friendship’. To acknowledge the participants, a token of appreciation in the form of ‘Act Now’ booklet and JOS Note books were distributed among them.

On the second day of its halt, after the exhibition hours, SEBS was sent to Chennai for its pit maintenance. However, the next day, it arrived back at Jolarpettai station, late by 4 hours at 1:00 pm, which delayed the opening of the exhibition & the visitors had to wait for long. In the meantime, the SEBS team tried to keep the students & visitors engaged by conducting different activities and games based on Science and Biodiversity at the Platform. Even in the evening, the exhibition hours were also extended, so as to accommodate all the visitors who had been waiting in queue.

During its three day halt at Jolarpettai, SEBS Phase III received a total of 27,631 visitors, which included more than 8,000 students from 88 schools. Besides, more than 15,000 general public also visited SEBS. The students actively participated in the Kids Zone, JOS Lab & Platform Activity. A group of teachers from Wisdom Park International School, Ambur, volunteered to assist the SEBS team in explaining the exhibits and panels to the visitors in the local language. It was a pleasant gesture, as the motive of SEBS in reaching out to the masses was being realized. Besides, the SEBS team also conducted Teachers Orientation Program, in which the participants were oriented for using hands-on approaches for Teaching Science & Mathematics. On the last day of the exhibition, the Teachers Orientation Program recorded a total of 60 participants, which is the highest number, for the current phase of SEBS, till date. Besides, SEBS Phase III also crossed 14 lakh visitors mark at Jolarpettai.

With this, the halt of SEBS at Jolarpettai came to an end, and the SEBS team made preparations for their departure to the next station -Salem Town, in Tamil Nadu.

Station: Whitefield
State: Karnataka
Exhibition date: 10.11.2014 - 13.11.2014
Total visitors: 36, 234

From Dharmavaram, SEBS Phase III moved to Whitefield Station, in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It was welcomed by Shri A. K. Agarwal, Divisional Railway Manager, Bengaluru Division, along with other Railway officials. Dr. B. P. Singh, Scientist G, Head, NCSTC, Department of Science & Technology, and Shri Dilip Surkar, Executive Director, VASCSC, Ahmedabad, were also present during the welcome ceremony.

Whitefield

Shri A. K. Agarwal welcoming SEBS

Whitefield

Long queue of school students

Whitefield

Shri Dilip Surkar interacting with guests in SEBS

Whitefield

Dr. B.P. Singh giving prize to the winner of
Quiz competition

The first day of exhibition at Whitefield, was the ‘World Science Day for Peace & Development’, & SEBS team celebrated the day in a special way. In the morning, Dr. B. P. Singh & Shri Dilip Surkar, interacted with the team members & addressed them on ‘Popularization of Science in India’. It was very encouraging & motivating for the Science Communicators. Throughout the day, different activities, talks, interactive sessions & competitions like Logo Making, Essay Writing & Quiz were organized for students on the theme ‘Quality Science Education’. The students enthusiastically participated in these activities & at the end, Dr. B.P. Singh & Shri Dilip Surkar also gave away prizes & certificates to the winners of these competitions. In the evening, after the exhibition hours, Shri Dilip Surkar joined the SEBS team for a get-together, in which he not only received their feedbacks but also appreciated the efforts of the team and motivated them for the journey ahead.

Additionally, at Whitefield, SEBS was also visited by Dr. M. Prithviraj, Executive Secretary, Karnataka State Council for IISC Campus, Bengaluru & Dr. S. G. Sreekanteshwara Swamy, Fellow, Karnataka State Council for Science & Technology. Besides, Shri G. V. Ranganatham, Project Coordinator of Science Express (Phase I) & few of the Science Communicators, associated with the previous phases, also visited the exhibition train. The SEBS team got the opportunity to interact with them & take their valuable suggestions for better communication with visitors & for conducting the complementary activities of SEBS.

During its four days halt at Whitefield, SEBS Phase III received a total of 36, 234 visitors, which included more than 18,000 students from 199 schools. Besides, more than 13,000 general public also visited SEBS. The students actively participated in the Kids Zone, JOS Lab & Platform Activity. On the last two days, the SEBS team conducted Teachers Orientation Program for Primary School Teachers, in which they were oriented for using hands-on approaches for Teaching Science & Mathematics. It was very much appreciated by the participating teachers. On the last day of the exhibition, SEBS cumulative of all the three Phases (Phase I, II & III), crossed 60 lakh visitors mark. It was yet another milestone achieved by SEBS and it added new enthusiasm to the team.

With this, the four day halt of SEBS at Whitefield came to an end, and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next scheduled station Jolarpettai, in Tamil Nadu.

Station: Dharmavaram
State: Andhra Pradesh
Exhibition date: 06.11.2014 - 09.11.2014
Total visitors: 74,498

From Guntur, SEBS Phase III moved to Dharmavaram in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. There was no official welcome ceremony but Shri Narasimhulu, Station Manager, Dharmavaram & other Railway official were the first visitors to SEBS. Dr. Madana Mohan Reddy, Rural Agricultural Development Officer, Shri Gonuguntla Suryanarayana, Member, Legislative Assembly (M.L.A), Dharmavaram & Shri D. Madhu Sudhana Rao, District Education Officer, Anantapur, also visited SEBS at Dharmavaram. The distinguished guests were impressed with the exhibition & praised the efforts of the team in spreading awareness about India’s rich Biodiversity amongst the masses.

Dharmavaram

Long queue of school students

Dharmavaram

Shri Narasimhulu in SEBS coach

Dharmavaram

Students in JOS Lab

Dharmavaram

Platform Activity

During its four days halt at Dharmavaram, SEBS Phase III received a total of 74,498 visitors, which included more than 30,000 students from 349 schools. Besides, more than 25,000 general public also visited SEBS. On the second day of the exhibition, SEBS Phase III crossed 13 lakh visitors’ mark & Science Express, cumulative of all the phases till date (Phase I-VII) crossed 1.23 crore visitors’ mark. Moreover, on this day, JOS Lab registered a total of 1,411 students - the highest number in the current phase & the Platform Activity also the recorded the highest number of participants for the current phase, with a total of 5,743 students participating in it. Further, at Dharmavaram, the Platform Activity crossed 50,000 participants’, mark, in the current phase, till date, as well.

In the Kids Zone, a total of 1,402 students registered and enjoyed making science based models like Flying Fish, Yo-Yo, Balloon Powered Car, Whirling Fan, Parrot in a Cage, Balloon Spinner, Balancing Act, Dancing Capsule, etc. with help of SEBS team members.

Similarly in the JOS Lab, a total of 2,864 students participated & performed experiments on Boyle’s Law, Magic Mirror, Lens Camera, Light Spectrum, Newton’s Cradle, Satellite Launch Vehicles, Molecular Structures, Traffic Signal, Surface Tension, Microscopic Study of Euglena & Hydra, Nutrient Recycling (Decomposition) etc.

At Dharmavaram, the Platform Activity recorded a total of 12,384 participants. Scientific concepts behind Magical Knot, Balancing a Pencil, Binary Number System, Magical Breath, Friction, Angular Momentum, Surface Tension, Polymers, Geometric Shapes, Stress & Strain etc. were experimentally demonstrated to the students. Even a Quiz competition on the theme ‘Bio-Diversity’ was organized, in which the winners were felicitated with prizes.

On the second day of the halt, the SEBS team conducted a Teachers Orientation Program for Primary Science Teachers, in which the participants were oriented on using hands-on approaches for teaching Science & Mathematics. Some of the science based models of the Kids Zone were made by the teachers in the orientation program. It was well appreciated by the participants.

On the last day of exhibition at Dharmavaram, due to technical reasons, the departure time of SEBS was rescheduled to 3:00 pm. Hence, the exhibition was closed at 2:30 pm and the SEBS team packed up and made preparations for the departure of SEBS to the next station- Whitefield in Karnataka.

Station: Guntur
State: Andhra Pradesh
Exhibition date: 31.10.2014 - 05.10.2014
Total visitors: 1,74,304

From Titlagarh, SEBS Phase III moved to Guntur in Andhra Pradesh. It was welcomed by Shri N. K. Prasad, Divisional Railway Manager, Guntur along with other Railway officials of Guntur Railway Division.

Guntur

Shri N. K. Prasad lightening lamp
at the welcome ceremony

Guntur

Long queue of school students

Guntur

Students in SEBS coach

Guntur

 Platform Activity

SEBS Phase III received a phenomenal response from the people at Guntur. Altogether in six days, more than 1 lakh 74 thousand people visited the exhibition train. The enthusiasm shown by school & college students was also very incredible. On its third day, SEBS Phase III registered more than 51,000 visitors. It was after a long gap since Ghazipur, that such a huge turnout was recorded on a single day. Additionally, the fourth day of SEBS exhibition was another historic day, with a record breaking 25,102 Students, 1,276 Teachers from 184 schools, visiting SEBS - the highest numbers, in the respective categories, for the current phase, till date.

On all the six days of exhibition, huge rush was seen. For the convenience of the visitors, the exhibition was opened before the scheduled time & also extended in the evening. The SEBS team was assisted by the officials from RPF for smooth management of the crowd. On the last two days of the exhibition, due to heavy rush, it became tough to manage the complementary activities of SEBS. Hence, for the safety purpose and as per to the suggestion of RPF officials, the Kids Zone, JOS Lab & Platform Activities remained closed.

Guntur turned out to be a remarkable station, with SEBS Phase III creating the records of receiving the highest number of Schools (675), Students (65,211), Teachers (4,032) and Total visitors (1,74,304), for any station, in the current phase, till date. Moreover, SEBS Phase III  also crossed 12 lakh total visitors’ mark and Science Express cumulative of all the phases (Phase I-VII) crossed 1.22 crore total visitors’ mark and 25 lakh students as visitors’ mark. On 4 November, SEBS Phase III also completed its 100 exhibition days. All these achievements were celebrated by the SEBS team which not only added new enthusiasm but also motivated them for the journey ahead.

With this, the extended six days of SEBS halt at Guntur came to a pleasant end and the exhibition train with its team started its journey to the next scheduled station- Dharmavarm in Andhra Pradesh.

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