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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: Bilaspur
State: Chhattisgarh
Exhibition date: 03.10.2014 - 06.10.2014
Total visitors: 14,107

From Jharkhand, SEBS Phase III moved to the state of Chhattisgarh with Bilaspur as its next station. It was welcomed by Shri A. P. Singh, DRM, Bilaspur Division, along with his family and other senior officials of division. Later, the distinguished guests also visited the entire exhibition and appreciated the efforts of the team.

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Shri A. P. Singh, DRM, with his family in SEBS

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Students interacting with SEBS team member

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Sapling plantation by SEBS team member

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Experiments in JOS Lab

The first day of the SEBS exhibition at Bilaspur was the occasion of Dussehra, and as most of the schools remained closed, very few students and teachers visited SEBS. However, a large number of children accompanied their parents and guardians to see the exhibition. Later during the day, the SEBS team members along with the Station Manager of Bilaspur, carried out Sapling plantation at the Railway Station, as a token of remembrance and also to spread awareness about planting and protecting trees.

From the second day onwards, the number of students, teachers as well as general public visiting SEBS increased significantly with the result that SEBS registered a total of 14,107 visitors in four days at Bilaspur. Of the four exhibition days, the last day registered highest number of general visitors, students in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity.

Amongst the complementary Activities of SEBS, Kids Zone registered a total of 427 students’ participation, while in the JOS Lab, a total of 795 students participated. The Platform Activity was one of the most appreciated sections of SEBS, with more than 870 students participating in it. Besides this, the SEBS team members also conducted Teachers Orientation Program on two days at Bilaspur, in which the use of hands-on approaches and Activity Based Learning for teaching Science and Mathematics was emphasized upon.

The last day of the exhibition at Bilaspur turned out to be another remarkable day in the journey of SEBS with SEBS Phase III crossing the milestone of 9.5 lakh total visitors’ mark and 7 lakh general visitors’ mark, in the current phase till date. The  team celebrated the achievements and were motivated for the journey ahead. Later at night, the team made preparations for their departure to the next station-Katni Murwara.

Station: Chakradharpur
State: Jharkhand
Occasion: Gandhi Jayanti

Being the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti, the SEBS exhibition was closed for the day. However, the team celebrated the day with full enthusiasm. The day began with a meeting and a prayer in which the team members remembered Mahtama Gandhi and his contributions in making India independent from British Rule. Besides, the SEBS team also took the ‘Cleanliness Pledge’ for keeping their surroundings as well the country clean, which was also one of Mahatma Gandhi’s visions.

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SEBS Team taking ‘Cleanliness Pledge’

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SEBS Team taking ‘Cleanliness Pledge’

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SEBS Team members cleaning the coaches

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SEBS Team members cleaning the coaches

It was followed by a cleanliness drive for the SEBS coaches. The team members worked in groups to clean the coaches of SEBS including all the exhibits and models. In the later part of the day, the team also cleaned the staff coach.

After a hectic and tiring schedule, the team SEBS packed up for their departure to the next station - Bilaspur.

Station: Chakradharpur
State: Jharkhand
Exhibition date: 29.9.2014 - 01.10.2014
Total visitors: 28,213

From Barasat, SEBS Phase III moved to Chakradharpur in Jharkhand. It was welcomed by Shri Rajiv Agarwal, DRM, Chakradharpur Division along with his family. Shri Navin Talwar, ADRM, Shri Ajit Halder, Sr. D.C.M. & other officials of Chakradharpur Railway Division along with their families were also present on the occasion.

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Welcome ceremony of SEBS

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Shri Rajiv Agarwal with other
Railway officials in SEBS

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Long queue of Students

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Platform Activity

During its three-day halt at Chakradharpur, SEBS Phase III registered more than 28,000 visitors, which included students from 88 different schools of Chakradharpur and adjoining areas. There was a progressive increase in the number of visitors from the first day onwards, with maximum turnout on the last day of the exhibition. On all three days, long queue of school students waiting for their turn to see the myriad Biodiversity of India, was seen. The response from general public was also amazing with more than 17,800 general visitors coming to see the exhibition train.

In the Kids Zone, a total of 796 students of standard 1-5 participated and enjoyed learning basic principles of Science by making science based models like Jumping frog, Flying Fish, Balancing Act, Balloon Rocket, Magic of 4, Static Straw, Parrot in a Cage, Optical Illusion, Balloon Spinner, Dancing Capsule, Climbing Man, Jumble Scramble etc. with help of SEBS team members

Similarly, JOS Lab was another very popular segment of SEBS at Chakradharpur. In the JOS Lab, more than 700 students of 6-10 standards participated and performed experiments based on the concepts of Energy & its Types, Conversion of Mechanical Energy to Electrical Energy, Velocity and Momentum, Law of Inertia, Boyle’s Law, Centripetal force, Magic Mirror, Visible Light Spectrum, Oxidation-Reduction Reaction, Valency, Types of Bond, Nervous System, Beak Adaptation in Birds, Acid-Rain, Harmful effect of Oil Spill etc.

Besides these, the SEBS team members also conducted Platform Activity for the students in which on the first day a Quiz Competition on Biodiversity was organized. It was an interesting session in which not only the students gained knowledge but the winners were also felicitated with prizes at the end. Besides this, experimental demonstration on Traffic signal, Food Web, Friction, Vedic Maths, Brahma’s Tower, Centripetal & Centrifugal Force and static & Kinetic Friction was also conducted at the Platform.

At Chakradharpur, SEBS Phase III was also visited by Shri Santosh Kumar Sinha, SDM, Jaganathpur along his family. Besides, Shri Sanjay Kumar, Senior Civil Judge, Chaibasa and Shri Manoj Singh, CJM, Chaibasa also visited the train. The distinguished guests appreciated the efforts of the team and their work in spreading awareness amongst the people about the Biodiversity of India

Chakradharpur too turned out to be a landmark station in the journey of SEBS Phase III, as on the last day of the exhibition; SEBS Phase III crossed 9.3 lakh visitors mark. Even the Platform Activity, crossed 22,000 students mark, for the current phase.

After a successful end of three exhibition days at Chakradharpur, the team SEBS packed up. Later in the evening, after the exhibition hours, the team discussed in details about celebrating Gandhi Jayanti on the next day. As the exhibition would be closed for the day, it was decided by the team to clean all the coaches of SEBS and the window panels as well.

Station: Barasat
State: West Bengal
Exhibition date: 25.9.2014 - 28.9.2014
Total visitors: 33, 230

From Eklakhi, SEBS Phase III moved to Barasat in West Bengal. It was welcomed by Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager, Eastern Railways. Smt. Jaya V. Sinha, Divisional Railway Manager, Sealdah, and Shri Dilip Surkar, Executive Director, VASCSC, Ahmedabad, were also present on the occasion. Later, during the day, Shri Dilip Surkar interacted with SEBS team members, in which the team shared their experiences of the journey so far and also gave their feedbacks. He appreciated their efforts and hard work and also motivated them for the journey ahead.

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Shri R. K. Gupta, General Manager,
Eastern Railways, welcoming SEBS

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Shri R. K. Gupta, Smt. Jaya V. Sinha &
Shri Dilip Surkar in SEBS

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Visitors in coach on Himalayas

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Kids Zone

It was a remarkable four-day halt of SEBS Phase III at Barasat, during which more than 33,000 visitors came to see the exhibition train. Due to the ongoing festive season of Durga Puja, many of the schools remained closed. Hence, the number of schools visiting SEBS was less. However, a large number of children accompanied their parents and guardians to see the exhibition train. During the four-day halt, SEBS Phase III registered more than 28,000 general visitors.

In the Kids Zone, more than 1,000 children of standard 1-5 participated and enjoyed learning basic principles of Science by making science based models like Balancing Robot, Turbine Sprinkler, Balloon powered Car, Yo-Yo, Jumping Frog, Balloon Fan, Clap in the Air, Balancing Butterfly, Climbing Man, Jumble Scramble, Straw Static etc. with help of SEBS team members.

In the JOS Lab, more than 1,800 students of 6-10 standards participated and performed experiments based on Laws of Motion, Centre of Gravity, Magnetic Induction, Separation of Substance, Electrical charge, Dipole Moment, Human Respiratory System, Muscular Contraction, Dilation of Pupil, Acid-Base Neutralization, Surface Tension, Climate Change in a Bottle, Algebraic Formulae, Trigonometric Calculations, Microscope and its handling, Floral Dissection etc. with help of SEBS team members. Besides, the students also enjoyed solving Mathematical puzzles like Soma Cube, Brahma’s Tower & Tap-Tap.

On the third day of the exhibition, SEBS team conducted an Outreach Activity at Govindalay Orphanage, in which more than 130 students participated and enjoyed the experimental demonstration of different concepts like Laws of Motion, Centre of Gravity, Redox Reaction, Acid-Base Neutralization Reaction, Muscular Contraction etc. The participants also interacted with SEBS team members to clarify their doubts. The entire session was well appreciated by the teachers as well as the students.

Barasat turned out to be a landmark station in the journey of SEBS Phase III, as on the last day of the exhibition; SEBS Phase III crossed 9 lakh visitors mark. Besides, this Science Express, cumulative of all the phases till date (Phase I-VII), also crossed 1 crore 19 lakh visitors mark. Even the Kids Zone, since its launch in 2013, crossed 70 lakh students mark. These achievements added new zeal to the team. The team celebrated the achievements, and was motivated for the journey ahead.

After a successful end of four exhibition days at Barasat, the team SEBS packed up and made preparation for their journey to the next station Chakradharpur in Jharkhand.

Station: Eklakhi
State: West Bengal
Exhibition date: 23.9.2014 - 24.9.2014
Total visitors: 31,233

From New Mal Junction, SEBS Phase III moved to Eklakhi in West Bengal.  It was welcomed by Shri A. K. Singh, ADRM, Katihar. Shri Subhasish Das, Assistant Divisional Engineer, Malda Town, North Frontier Railways (NFR), Shri Tuhin Kumar Bhowmick, Divisional Operations Manger, NFR, Katihar and Dr. Shailendra Kumar, Sr. Divisional Medical Officer, Samsi, were also present on the occasion. After the welcome ceremony, the guests visited the exhibition and also appreciated the efforts of the team aboard SEBS.

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Shri A.K. Singh welcoming SEBS

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Rainwater Harvesting model in SEBS

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Mathematical puzzle in JOS Lab

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Web of Life game at Platform

During the two day halt of SEBS Phase III at Eklakhi, a total of 31,233 visitors, including more than 7,000 students from 33 different schools, visited the train. Besides, SEBS Phase III also crossed the milestone of receiving 8.5 lakh visitors in the current phase and Science Express, cumulative of all the phases (Phase I-VII), also crossed 85 lakh general visitors mark at Eklakhi station. The students enjoyed knowing the biodiversity of the country and also enthusiastically participated in the activities of Kids Zone, JOS Lab & Platform Activities.

In the Kids Zone, a total of 350 students participated during the two exhibition days at Eklakhi. With the help of SEBS team members, children enjoyed making science based models like YO-YO, Whirling Fan, Turbine Sprinkler, Tap-Tap, Clap in the Air, Parrot in a Cage, Balloon Spinner, Optical illusion, Static Straw, Balancing Act and  Flying Fish and also learnt the basic principles of science behind them.

In the JOS Lab, more than 1,000 students of 6-10 standards participated and performed experiments based on Experiments based on Chromatography, Acid-Base Neutralization, Capillary Action, Surface Tension, Choose your Bulb, Climate Change in a Bottle, Anaerobic Respiration, Algebraic Formulae, Trigonometric Calculations etc. were performed by students with help of SEBS members.

At the Platform, the SEBS team conducted discussions on ‘Mathemagic’ & ‘Energy & Conservation of Energy’. Besides, demonstration of principles of Magnetism, Crystallography, Number Game, Binary Number, Principles of Trigonometric Calculations and Food Web were also conducted at the Platform. More than 1,400 students participated in the Platform Activity, in two days at Eklakhi.

On the last day of the exhibition at Eklakhi, due to technical issues, the Divisional Railway authorities rescheduled the departure of SEBS from Eklakhi to Barasat. Hence, as per the instructions, the exhibition was closed at 4:20 pm, and the team made preparations for the departure of SEBS to the next station Barasat.

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