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.
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.
Shri A.K. Singh welcoming SEBS
Rainwater Harvesting model in SEBS
Mathematical puzzle in JOS Lab
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.
From Lumding, SEBS Phase III moved to New Mal Junction in the state of West Bengal. It was welcomed by Shri H. Meena, Assistant Divisional Engineer, Malbazar and Shri Tapan Kumar Das, Chief Commercial Manager in- charge. Later, Shri P. J. Michael, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India, also visited SEBS and interacted with the team aboard SEBS.
Shri H. Meena & Shri Tapan Kumar Das
w elcoming SEBS
Distinguished guests in SEBS
Students interacting with SEBS Team Member
Even though, the scheduled stay of SEBS Phase III at New Mal Junction was for only one day, a good number of schools visited the exhibition train. Even the response from general public was overwhelming. The students not only enjoyed experiencing the unique Biodiversity of the country spread across different Biogeographic Zones, but also actively participating in the complementary activities of SEBS, like the Kids Zone, JOS lab & Platform Activities
One of the most popular sections of SEBS was the Kids Zone, which registered more than 100 participants. The Kids enjoyed learning some of the fundamental principles of Science through simple models. They made science based models like Balloon Spinner, Whirling Fan, Clap in the Air, Balloon Powered Car, Balancing Robot etc., with help of SEBS team members. Amongst the students from 6 to 10 standards, JOS Lab was very popular. In this Lab, more than 200 students performed experiments based on the concepts of Newton’s Laws of Motion, Speed & Velocity, Oxidation-Reduction Reaction, Energy Conversion, Magnetic Lines of Forces, Acid-Base Neutralization, Respiratory System, Microscopic study of Algae & Fungi, Algebraic Formulae, Brahma’s Tower etc.
At the Platform the SEBS team conducted a Discussion on Biodiversity and the importance of local flora & fauna. Besides, the team also conducted interesting games based on biodiversity like Who am I? & Web of Life, which was very much appreciated by all.
By the end of the day at New Mal Junction, SEBS Phase III registered a total of 3,544 visitors and also crossed the milestone of receiving 1.6 lakh students in the current phase. Later in the evening, after the exhibition hours, the SEBS team members packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station Eklakhi in West Bengal.
From Fakiragarm, SEBS Phase III moved to Lumding in Assam. It was welcomed by Shri Sanjay Nayyar, ADRM, Lumding.
Shri Sanjay Nayyar welcomes SEBS
Students in coach on North-East India
Long queue of school students
The scheduled halt of SEBS at Lumding station was for three days. However, on the last day of the exhibition, pertaining to the law and order situation, the officials from the Railways advised to keep the exhibition closed for the day. Based on this, the SEBS exhibition remained closed for the purpose of safety and security.
At Lumding, a total of 1,921 students accompanied by 126 teachers from 19 different schools visited the SEBS exhibition train. The students also enjoyed participating in the activities of Kids Zone, JOS Lab & Platform Activities.
In the Kids Zone, apart from solving some interesting Mathematical Puzzles, the Kids also enjoyed making models based on some of the fundamental principles of Science like the model on Centre of Gravity, Balloon Spinner, Jumping Man, Whirling Fan, Yo-Yo, Balancing Robot etc. with the help of SEBS team members. Similarly in the JOS Lab, Students performed experiments based on the concepts of Magnet & Magnetic Levitation, Structure of Atom, Valency and Chemical Bonding, Making of Permanent Slides of Dicot & Monocot Stems, Uptake of Water by Plants, Double Helical Structure of DNA etc. They also enjoyed understanding Algebraic Formulae through Mathematical models.
The SEBS team members also conducted an Outreach Activity at one of the schools of Lumding, where the team demonstrated many of the activities of the JOS Lab & also conducted Biodiversity based games like Web of Life & Who am I? Besides, on the second day, a Teachers Orientation Program for Primary Teachers was also organized, in which the participating teachers were orientated for using Hands-on approaches for teaching Science & Mathematics in their schools. It was an interactive session in which the teachers also shared their experiences of teaching and also clarified some of their doubts. The entire session was appreciated by the participants.
On the last day of the halt, due to safety measures the SEBS exhibition was kept closed, and the SEBS train was shifted from Lumding station to the yard, with team members remaining confined to the staff coach. Later, at night SEBS team made preparations for their departure to the next station – New Mal Junction.
Continuing with its journey across India, SEBS Phase III moved to the Northeast part of the country with Fakiragram in Assam as its next station. It was welcomed by Shri Basant Kumar Das, DCM, Alipurduar Division.
During the day, SEBS was also visited by Shri P. Baraman, TI, Fakiragram and Shri Pradipta Paul, FMI.
Shri Basant Kumar Das welcomes SEBS
Students waiting to see the exhibition
Students in coach on Western Ghats
Biology work station in JOS Lab
As the scheduled stay at Fakiragram was for only one day, a large number of schools visited the exhibition train. More than 8,800 students from 132 different schools of Fakiragarm and adjoining places visited SEBS. Even the response from general public was overwhelming with 10,709 general visitors coming to see the exhibition train. The students also enjoyed participating in the complementary activities of SEBS, like the Kids Zone, JOS lab & Platform Activities.
In the Kids Zone, a total of 431 students participated and enjoyed making science based models like Balancing Act, Centre of gravity, Parrot in a cage, Clap in the air etc. with help of SEBS team members. The Mathematical Puzzle Tap-Tap was also very much enjoyed by them. Similarly, in the JOS Lab, 322 students participated & performed experiments based on the concepts of Energy & its types, Conversion of Mechanical Energy to Electrical Energy, Velocity and Momentum, Law of Inertia, Oxidation Reduction Reaction, Valency and types of Bond, Nervous System, Beak Adaptation in birds, Acid Rain, Harmful effect of Oil Spill etc. These experiments were very much appreciated by the participants as well as their teachers. Besides, the SEBS team members also conducted an interesting General Discussion on Biodiversity, followed by a Photo visual show on Endemic Species and their importance, Balance in Nature & Energy Pyramid at the Platform.
Although the scheduled halt of SEBS at Fakiragram was only for a single day, but the students, teachers and general public came in large numbers and made the halt successful. SEBS was able to reach out to the masses and spread the awareness about Biodiversity and Climate Change. Later, at night, the SEBS team members packed up and made preparations for their departure to Lumding in Assam.
From Sonpur SEBS moved to Thakurganj in Bihar. It was welcomed by Shri Arvind Kumar Singh, ADRM, Katihar Division. Later, during the day, SEBS was also visited by SDM of Thakurganj.
Shri Arvind Kumar Singh in SEBS
Long queue of Students
Students understanding about Biogeographic
Zones of India
SEBS team celebrating World Ozone Day
SEBS Phase III received an overwhelming response at Thakurganj. Though on the first day of the exhibition, only 8 schools visited the train, but the very next day, the number increased to 25 schools. During the two day halt of SEBS at Thakurganj, a total of 3,303 students from 33 different schools accompanied by 121 teachers came to see the exhibition. Even the general public showed a lot of enthusiasm, with SEBS receiving more than 21,000 general visitors.
The second day of the exhibition was also the ‘World Ozone Day’ and SEBS team made special preparations to celebrate it in a special way so as to raise awareness amongst the students and general public about the importance of Ozone. Different activities were conducted in the Kids Zone, JOS Lab and also at the Platform. A special play titled “Ozone hamara suraksha kawach” was also enacted by SEBS team members at the Platform. Besides this, an interesting game “Prithvi ko bhi ek chaata chahiye” was organized for kids. Different competitions like Slogan Writing, Logo making, Elocution, Storytelling & Essay writing, based on the theme ‘Ozone and its role’ were also held. A large number of students enthusiastically participated in these competitions. And at the end, the winners were felicitated with prizes and mementos.
Thakurganj also turned out to be a landmark station for SEBS as on the last day, SEBS Phase III crossed 8 lakh visitors mark and Science Express cumulative of all the phases till date (Phase I-VII) crossed 1 crore 18 lakh visitors.
After a successful showcase of India’s Biodiversity spread across different Biogeographic Zones, at Thakurganj, SEBS with its team packed up and moved towards their next scheduled station Fakiragram in Assam.
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