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.
After travelling across India, finally SEBS Phase III moved to its last scheduled state i.e. Gujarat, with Gandhidham, as its first halt. It was welcomed by Shri Madhukar Raut, IRTS, Sr. ARM, GIMB, along with other senior officials from the Railways. Shri Sunil Gupta, Area Traffic Manager, Gandhidham, also visited the exhibition train.
Shri Madhukar Raut welcoming SEBS
Visitors knowing about Endangerd Animals
Visitors in coach on North East India
Children making science model in Kids Zone
During its three day halt at Gandhidham, SEBS Phase III received a phenomenal response from students and general public as well. Altogether in three days, it registered a total of 36,544 visitors, which included over 20,000 general visitors and more than 12,000 students from 178 different schools and colleges of Gandhidham and adjoining areas.
At Gandhidham, the SEBS team conducted complementary activities in Kids Zone and JOS Lab. In three days, a total of 1,950 students registered in the JOS Lab and enjoyed performing different experiments of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Biology, and Environmental Science. Similarly, the Kids Zone was very much popular among the students of standard I-V, and altogether in three days, it received a total of 1,565 participants. The SEBS team also conducted a Teachers’ Orientation Program, in which a total of 56 teachers participated and enjoyed experimental demonstration of different concepts of Science and Mathematics.
Gandhidham turned out to be a landmark station, for SEBS. Whereas on the first day of the exhibition, SEBS cumulative of the three phases, (Phase I, II & III) crossed 68 lakh visitors’ mark, on the last day, SEBS Phase III achieved another milestone by crossing 22 lakh visitors’ mark. These achievements were celebrated by the team aboard SEBS, as it infused a sense of pride in reaching out to such a large number of people across the country.
With this, the scheduled three day halt of SEBS Phase III at Gandhidham, came to an end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station - Wankaner in Gujarat.
From Degana, SEBS Phase III moved to Samdari in Rajasthan. Due to the ongoing Gram Panchayat elections in Rajasthan, the local administration was not available. Hence, there could not be any formal welcome of SEBS. The SEBS team opened the exhibition at the scheduled time, as a large number of school students had been eagerly waiting to see the exhibition train.
Long queue of visitors at Samdari
Students Knowing about India’s
Bio - geographic Zones
Students knowing about ‘Lost & Found’ species
SEBS team member conducting Platform Activity
In spite of Samdari, being a small tehsil in Barmer District of Rajasthan, SEBS received a very good response from the people of Samdari. On all the three days of the exhibition, a huge rush was seen at the platform. A large number of visitors, including school and college students as well as general visitors came to see the exhibition. Altogether in three days, SEBS Phase III registered a total of 27,651 visitors, which included more than 17,000 general public and over 6,400 students.
At Samdari, the students and children also enjoyed participating in the activities of Kids Zone, JOS Lab and also at the Platform. Besides, the SEBS team also conducted two Teachers’ Orientation Programs on ‘Soft Skills for Learning and Teaching Methodology in Science’ and Indian Science Education & its Popularization through Hands- on Approach’. It was well appreciated by all.
SEBS Phase III received some of the distinguished guests at Samdari, which included Shri Amara Ram Chaudhary, State Revenue Minister, Rajasthan, Shri Hamir Singh Behal, MLA, Sivana, Barmer, Shri Mahesh Tiwari Assistant Conservator of Forest, Rajasthan State Biodiversity Board, Shri Narpat Singh Chaura, RFS, Assistant Conservator of Forest, Barmer, Shri Dinesh Kumar Dadhich, O.A., Forest Office, Barmer, Shri Badridan Charan, Tehsildar, Samadari, Smt. Hemarav Jarmal, Superintendent, Social Justice & Empower Department, Siwana, Ms. Gomati Sharma, SDM, Siwana and Dr. J. S. Rathore, Associate Professor, JNVV. They all acknowledged the great efforts of the Govt. of India and appreciated the team onboard for visiting Samadari and giving the students of Samdari a platform to know about the Biodiversity of India.
At Samdari, SEBS Phase III crossed 60,000 students’ participation in JOS Lab, till date and Science Express, cumulative of all the phases till date, (Phase I-VII) crossed 92 lakh general visitors’ mark and Teachers’ Orientation Program also crossed 5,500 participants’ mark.
With this, the scheduled three day halt of SEBS Phase III at Samadari came to an end. This was also the last station of SEBS Phase III in Rajasthan. And the team again packed up and made preparations for their departure to Gandhidham in Gujarat.
From Lalgarh, SEBS Phase III moved to Degana in Rajasthan. Due to the ongoing Zila Panchayat elections the local administration was not available. Hence, there could not be any formal welcome of SEBS. The SEBS team opened the exhibition at the scheduled time, as a large number of school students were eagerly waiting to see the exhibition.
Long queue of students at Degana
Visitors in coach on Indian Deserts
Activities at the Platform
Children in the Kids Zone
SEBS Phase III exhibition was scheduled to be at Degana for four days. And on all the four days, in spite of fog and cold, a good rush of visitors was seen at the platform. Altogether in four days, more than 52,000 visitors, including over 16,800 students from 176 schools and colleges of Degana and adjoining areas visited the exhibition train. Some of the distinguished guests visiting SEBS at Degana included Shri R. K. Khairwa, Chief Manager, Rajasthan State Biodiversity Board, Shri R. K. Bharchava, Forest Ranger, Shri Richpal Singh Budak, SDM, Degana, Shri Sureshchandra Vyas, District Education Officer, Nagour and Shri Anand Swaroop, Additional Divisional Engineer, Jodhpur Division.
The children visiting SEBS not only enjoyed walking across the coaches and knowing about India’s diverse flora and fauna, but also about the need to conserve them. Additionally, the complementary activities conducted by the SEBS team in the Kids Zone, JOS Lab and at the Platform, equally stimulated them towards the amazing world of Science and Mathematics. In the Kids Zone, the students learnt about some of the basic fundamentals of Science by making models like Balloon Spinner, Jumping Man, Whirling Fan, Yo-Yo, Balancing Robot, Tiger in the cage, House Fly in the Balloon etc., whereas in the JOS Lab, the students performed experiments based on the concepts of Magnetic Levitation, Structure of Atom, Chemical Bonding, Making of Permanent Slides, Uptake of Water by Plants, Double Helical Structure of DNA etc. The Platform Activity, turned out to be a favorite zone for the students, where experimental demonstration of applications of Centripetal & Centrifugal forces, Types of Friction, Angular Momentum, Surface Tension, Polymers and their properties, Geometric Shape, Stress & Strain, Bridge Construction, and Law of Conservation of Mass etc. were conducted.
At Degana, SEBS Phase III crossed 21 lakh visitor’s mark and Platform Activity also crossed 80,000 students’ mark. Additionally, the Kids Zone, since its launch in 2013, also crossed 95,000 students’ participation. Besides, Science Express, cumulative of all the phases (Phase I –VII), crossed 1 crore 31 lakh visitors’ mark and 31,000 school’s visit to the exhibition train, till date.
The scheduled four day halt of SEBS Phase III at Degana was quite satisfying and at the end of it, the team once again packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Samdari in Rajasthan.
From Ratangarh, SEBS Phase III moved to Lalgarh station in Rajasthan. It was welcomed by Smt. Manju Gupta, DRM, Bikaner. Shri M. K. Agarwal, IFS, District Forest Official, Bikaner, and other officials from the District Forest Office and the Railways, were also present during the welcome ceremony.
Smt. Manju Gupta & Shri M. K. Agarwal
being welcomed in SEBS
Students Knowing about Biogeographic
Zones of India
Students in coach on Sustainable Environment
Maths Masti in JOS Lab
The SEBS exhibition at Lalgarh was scheduled for two days. And in spite of chilling cold and fog, a good response was received from the people, especially the students of Lalgarh and adjoining areas. Schools located in far off places visited the exhibition train and the students enjoyed participating in the complementary activities of SEBS. Altogether in two days, SEBS Phase III registered a total of 15,941 visitors, which also included more than 3,700 students from over 40 schools of Lalgarh. The halt of SEBS Phase III at Lalgarh became all the more special, SEBS cumulative of all three phases (Phase I, II & III), crossed 67 lakh visitors’ mark.
At Lalgarh, the Kids Zone, was a popular section of SEBS for students of standard I to V. They enjoyed making Science models like Balancing Robot, Flying Fish, Balloon Powered Car etc. with the help of SEBS team members. Besides, Biodiversity based games like ‘Who Am I?’, ‘Web of Life’ and ‘Phal-Phool-Sabzi’ etc. were also very much enjoyed by them. In the JOS Lab, the students of Standard VI to X, performed experiments based on Surface Tension, Chromatography, Brahma’s Tower, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Convection Currents, Algebraic Identities, Number System, Centre of Gravity, DNA Model, Seeds for Earth, Soil Structure, Magnetism, pH Paper trick etc., with the help of SEBS team members. Besides, at the Platform, the SEBS team conducted different activities for students like Quiz competition on Biodiversity, Math’s Magic, Crossword Puzzle on Climate Change, Climate Captain, Handprint, Elements in Nature, Mass and Gravity, Being on Planet, Atmosphere, Buoyancy of Water, Reduction of KMNO4 etc.
SEBS also received some of the distinguished guests at Lalgarh. Prof. M. M. Saxena, Dean, MGS University, Bikaner, Shri M. K. Agarwal, District Forest Officer, Bikaner along with their colleagues visited SEBS. They appreciated the content and display of the exhibits and also gave valuable suggestions and also shared their views with Science Communicators on Deserts and its flora & fauna. A group of students from Government School for Deaf and Dumb, visited the exhibition train, and SEBS team took special care in explaining the exhibits to them with the help of their teachers.
Due to the occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’, the SEBS exhibition remained closed on 14 January and the SEBS team members utilized the day by visiting the National Research Centre on Camel located at Bikaner. It was an informative educational excursion for the team members.
The scheduled halt of SEBS Phase III came to a satisfying end, and the team once again packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Degana in Rajasthan.
From Hisar, SEBS Phase III moved to Ratangarh in Rajasthan. It was welcomed by Shri Rajkumar Rinwa, Hon’ble Minister of Forest and Environment, Government of Rajasthan. The Chairman of Rajasthan State Biodiversity Board, Shri Surender Singh Chaudhary and other officers from the Forest Department and Railways were also present on the occasion. The distinguished guests visited the exhibition and later interacted with the SEBS team members as well.
Shri Rajkumar Rinwa welcoming SEBS
Students at the Platform
Students knowing about Global Warming
Students in JOS Lab
It was for the first time that Science Express was at Ratangarh, and so the enthusiasm among the people with respect to the exhibition was very high. On all the three days of exhibition, a large number of school students and general visitors were seen standing in long queue at the platform. On the last day of the halt, an outstanding response was received. All through the day, the platform, where SEBS was stationed, was buzzing with students as well as general visitors. In fact, the day turned out to be a record-breaking day, with 183 schools visiting SEBS Phase III in a single day – the second highest after Guntur station, where 184 schools had visited the train, in the current phase. Altogether during the day, SEBS Phase III registered more than 38,000 visitors. It was again, after a gap, since Nasik station, that such a huge turnout of SEBS visitors was recorded, in the current phase, in a single day. Altogether in three days at Ratangarh, SEBS Phase III registered a total of 54,597 visitors, which included more than 24,000 students from over 300 schools.
The complementary activities of SEBS also received a very good response. In the Kids Zone, more than 380 students participated and enjoyed making Science models like Balloon Spinner, Food Pyramid, Flying Fish, Yo-Yo, Straw Flute, Kaleidoscope, Coupled Pendulum, Whirling Fan, etc. In the JOS Lab, a total of 746 students registered and performed experiments based on Crystal Structure, Traffic Signal, Birthday Puzzle, Brahma’s Tower, Law of Inertia, Writing with Water, Sponge in the Sea, Microscopic Study, and Centre of Gravity etc. At the Platform, the SEBS team conducted interesting activities and demonstrations like Wave Propagation, Energy & its types, Friction, Centripetal & Centrifugal Force, Surface Tension, Brain Puzzle, Math’s Magic etc. Besides, Drawing competition and Quiz based on the theme ‘Biodiversity & its Conservation’ was also conducted for the students at the Platform. On the last day of the exhibition, a Teachers’ Orientation Program was also conducted for the Primary and Secondary School Teachers of Churu District. Besides, SEBS team also conducted Outreach Activities for students of five different schools of Churu district, namely, Gurukul International School, STATE School, Shri Sadbhavana English Medium School, Maruti Public Senior Secondary School and Government Senior Secondary School, Ratangarh, (Churu).
At Ratanagarh, SEBS Phase III crossed 5.5 lakh students and 30,000 teachers as visitors’ mark and visitation by 6,000 schools. It also crossed 57,000 students’ participation in JOS Lab and 75,000 students’ participation in the Platform Activity. Besides, the Kids Zone, since its launch in 2013, crossed 94,000 students’ participation and Science Express, cumulative of all the phases (Phase I-VII), crossed 28 lakh students and 1.5 lakh teachers as visitors’ mark.
SEBS Phase III was also visited by Smt. Archana Singh, IAS, District Collector, Churu, and Shri Rahul Katarey, IPS, Superintendent of Police, Churu, along with their families, at Ratangarh station. They interacted with the team aboard SEBS and also appreciated their efforts in reaching out to the people
With this, the SEBS Phase III halt at Ratangarh came to a pleasing yet a memorable end, and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station –Lalgarh in Rajasthan.
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