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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.

30 August 2014
Station: Najibabad
State: Uttar Pradesh
Exhibition dates: 23.8.2014 - 25.8.2014
Total visitors: 36,905

From Meerut Cantt., SEBS Phase III moved to Nazibabad in Uttar Pradesh. It was welcomed by Shri Subhash Chandra Gangwar, Dy. S.P., Nazibabad. At the welcome ceremony, Shri Ajit Singh, Station Superintendent, Najibabad & Shri R. P. Sharma, Senior Section Engineer, Najibabad, were also present. Later, during the day, Shri Manoj, Sub-District Magistrate, Najibabad, also visited the exhibition train and appreciated efforts behind SEBS.

Najibabad

Shri Subhash Chandra Gangwar welcomes SEBS

Najibabad

Visitors waiting to see the exhibition

Najibabad

Science Communicator briefing students

Najibabad

Students in JOS Lab

Although on the first day of the exhibition, less number of people visited SEBS. However, from second day onwards huge rush was seen. Local NCC cadets extended their support to SEBS team for managing the crowd. JOS Lab & Kids Zone were bursting with students on all three days. A total of 36,905 visitors including 3,217 students from 59 schools visited the exhibition train at Najibabad. On the last day of exhibition, SEBS Phase III crossed 2 lakh 62 thousand visitors mark.

In the JOS Lab, a total of 898 students participated. They performed experiments based on Magnets & Magnetic Levitation, Structure of Atom, Valency, Chemical Bonding, Making of Permanent Slides, Uptake of Water by Plants, DNA Structure, Law of Inertia, Oxidation-Reduction Reaction, Paper Chromatography etc. In the Kids Zone, more than 500 students registered & enjoyed making science based models like Balloon Spinner, Jumping Man, Whirling Fan, Yo-Yo, Balancing Robot, Acrobatic Capsule, Centre of Gravity, etc. SEBS team members also conducted Elocution, Science Fiction Writing & Quiz Competitions in Kids Zone. In addition, General Discussions on Biodiversity & its Conservation were conducted at the Platform, in which more than 1390 students participated.

Although Science Express had visited Najibabad earlier, but it was for the first time that SEBS was stationed there. And it turned out to be a landmark station as SEBS Phase III crossed 2.50 lakh visitors mark over here. It was celebrated by the team and they were motivated for achieving more of such milestones in the upcoming journey of SEBS. After a successful exhibition of three days at Najibabd, SEBS with its team prepared for their departure to the next scheduled station of Lalkuan in Uttarakhand.

27 August 2014
Station: Meerut Cantt
State: Uttar Pradesh
Exhibition dates: 19.8.2014 - 22.8.2014
Total visitors: 84,915

The next station for SEBS Phase III was Meerut Cantt., where it was welcomed by Shri Navneet Singh Chahal, Joint Magistrate, Meerut. Dr. B.P. Singh, Head, NCSTC, DST & Prof. H.S. Singh, from Zoology Deptt., Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, were also present at the welcome ceremony. Shri Dilip Surkar, ED, VASCSC, also joined the distinguished guests on SEBS. Later, Dr. B.P. Singh & Shri Dilip Surkar, interacted with the team members, received their feedbacks and motivated them for the journey ahead.

Meerut Cantt.

Shri Navneet Singh Chahal welcomes SEBS

Meerut Cantt.

Students waiting to see the exhibition

Meerut Cantt.

Dr. B.P. Singh in a coach of SEBS

Meerut Cantt.

Shri Dilip Surkar interacting
with SEBS team member

An overwhelming response was received by SEBS at Meerut Cantt. It became a landmark station in the journey of SEBS Phase III, as it not only crossed several milestones but also created many records, which included the record of receiving highest number of total visitors (35,268), highest number of students (9,478), highest number of teachers (412), and highest number of participants in Platform Activity (1,457) & Kids Zone (851), till date in the current phase. Moreover, on the last two days of exhibition, not only SEBS Phase III crossed 2 lakh 25 thousand visitors mark, but SEBS cumulative of the three Phases (I, II & III) also crossed 48 lakh visitors mark and Science Express, cumulative of all the phases (I –VII), crossed 1 crore 12 lakh visitors mark.

On the last two days of exhibition at Meerut, SEBS was also visited by several dignitaries. Shri Rajendra Agarwal, Member of Parliament, Meerut, Shri K. Satyanarayan, DIG, Meerut Range, Shri V. C. Goyal, Vice-Chancellor, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut & Shri Vipin Kumar Tomar, SEU, Secretary (Security), Embassy of India, Nepal, visited the exhibition train and appreciated the efforts of the team aboard SEBS.

The four days of halt of SEBS at Meerut Cantt., was quite hectic with huge rush every day. However, the SEBS team members were able to handle it efficiently. On the last day, the teams celebrated their achievements & were also motivated to face more challenging situation ahead. After a successful end of four day exhibition, SEBS with its team packed up and moved towards its next destination Najibabad.

22 August 2014
Station: Roorkee
State: Uttarakhand                                                                                                             
Exhibition dates: 16.8.2014 - 18.8.2014
Total visitors: 40,086

The next destination in the journey of SEBS Phase III was Dhandhera. However, the Railway Division Moradabad, shifted the venue to Roorkee for safety, security, convenience of the visitors. SEBS reached Roorkee on 15 August. Inspite of being a hectic day in transit, the team celebrated Independence Day with great enthusiasm. Shri Chander Mohan, Scientist-G, Department of Science & Technology, also joined the team for celebration. He addressed the members & boosted their morale for the noble task of spreading awareness on Biodiversity across the country.

Roorkee

Shri Chander Mohan with SEBS team

Roorkee

Shri Nitin Bhaduria welcomes SEBS

Roorkee

Visitors briefed by SEBS team member

Roorkee

Students in the Kids Zone

At Roorkee, SEBS Phase III was welcomed by Shri Nitin Bhaduria, Joint Magistrate, Roorkee. Shri S.K.Gunjal, Station Superintendent & other Railway officials were also present at the welcome ceremony.

Roorkee turned out to be an important station in the journey of Science Express as on the second day of the exhibition, Science Express, cumulative of all phases till date, crossed 1 crore 11 lakh visitors mark. Besides, on the last day of the exhibition, SEBS Phase III created a record of receiving the highest number of visitors (24,881) till date for the current phase.

During the three day halt of SEBS, a total of 891 students participated in JOS Lab & performed experiments based on Neutralization Reaction, States of Matter, Electrical Conductivity, Working of LED, Energy & its types, Food Web, Role of Stomata, Neuron Structure & Signal Transduction etc. In the Kids Zone, a total of 995 students participated and enjoyed making science based models like Lion in the Cage, Turbine Sprinkler, Heat Detector, Magical Arm, Flying Fish, Centre of gravity, Balloon Spinner, Acrobatic Capsule etc.

Even though Roorkee was not a scheduled station for SEBS, but the overwhelming response received from the people at Roorkee, made it a landmark station. After a successful end of three days exhibition, SEBS with its team packed up and moved towards its next destination Meerut Cantt. in Uttar Pradesh.

19 August 2014
Station: Tarn Taran
State: Punjab                                                                                                             
Exhibition dates: 12.8.2014 - 14.8.2014
Total visitors: 47,305

From Jammu & Kashmir, SEBS Phase III moved to the state of Punjab, with Tarn Taran as its next station. Shri S.P. Singh, Tehsildar, Tarn Taran, welcomed SEBS, along with the Station Manager. 12th August being the 95th Birth Anniversary of Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, the SEBS team celebrated it in a special way. Several competitions like Quiz, Elocution, Essay writing and Drawing & Painting competition etc. based on the life & the significant contributions made by Dr. Vikram A Sarabhai, were held for students of different age groups throughout the day. In the end, the winners of these competitions were also felicitated with prizes. 

Tarn Taran

Shri S.P. Singh welcomes SEBS

Tarn Taran

Students waiting to see the exhibition

Tarn Taran

Students in JOS Lab

Tarn Taran

SEBS Team celebrating
Dr Vikram A Sarabhai’s Birthday

Tarn Taran proved to be a milestone station in the journey of SEBS, as on the last day of exhibition, SEBS Phase III not only registered the highest number of visitors (22,197), but also crossed 1 lakh visitors mark. Besides, SEBS cumulative of all three phases also crossed 47 lakh visitors mark.

SEBS Phase III received an overwhelming response at Tarn Taran. Altogether in three days, more than 47,000 visitors came to see the exhibition. More than 7,800 students from 100 different schools of Tarn Taran visited SEBS.

In the JOS Lab, 18,28 students enthusiastically participated & performed experiments based on Reflection & Refraction of Light, Magnetic Poles, Elements, Compounds & Mixtures, Nervous System, Xylem & Phloem, Soma Cube, Brahma’s Tower, etc. In the Kids Zone, a total of 1,387 students registered and enjoyed making science based models like Straw Fan, Balancing Act, Climbing Frog, Jumble Scramble, & Turbine Sprinkler. At the Platform, the SEBS team conducted an interesting General Discussion on Biodiversity raising awareness amongst the students about its importance and also its conservation.

At Tarn Taran, SEBS team members also conducted orientation–cum-discussion of Primary teachers on Biodiversity and Mathematics, where topics like implementation of Vedic Mathematics, use of model for teaching Pythagoras theorem and other hands-on approaches for teaching Science & Mathematics were very much appreciated by the participants. Altogether 21 teachers participated in it. Besides, on the last day, an Outreach Activity was conducted by team SEBS at Majha Public School, in which 90 students participated.

After a successful end of three days of exhibition at Tarn Taran, SEBS with its team packed up and moved towards its next destination in the state of Uttarakhand. However, instead of Dandhera, the venue was shifted to Roorkee due to technical reasons.

14 August 2014
Station: Bajalta
State: Jammu & Kashmir
Exhibition dates: 9.8.2014 - 11.8.2014
Total visitors: 4,746

From Udhampur, SEBS Phase III exhibition train moved to Bajalta station in Jammu & Kashmir. The exhibition was welcomed by Shri R. N. Meena, Divisional Traffic Manager (Jammu Tawi), Firozpur Division, Northern Railways. After the welcome ceremony, he also visited the exhibition and appreciated the efforts of the Science Communicators aboard SEBS.

Bajalta

Shri R. N. Meena welcoming SEBS

Bajalta

Students in the coach of SEBS

Bajalta

Students in JOS Lab

Bajalta

A Kid solving a puzzle on Biodiversity

The first two exhibition days of SEBS at Bajalta, being the weekend & also Rakshabandhan, witnessed less number of school visits. However, children accompanied their parents and guardians to see the exhibition. On the last day, there was a huge rush. Since morning, long queue of school students were seen. More than 1000 students from 15 different schools came to see the exhibition. The JOS lab and Kids Zone were thronged by students throughout the day. At the Platform, apart from the regular activities, a quiz competition was also organized by SEBS team members in association with the representatives from the Directorate of Field Publicity Office, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Udhampur unit. In this, the winners were also awarded trophies.

Altogether in three days of halt of SEBS at Bajalta, a total of 4,746 visitors came to see the exhibition. In the Kids Zone, 232 students participated and enjoyed making science based models like Parrot in a Cage, Yo-Yo, Turbine Sprinkler, Jumping Frog, Balloon Fan, Clap in the Air, Balloon Powered Car, Balancing Robot etc. with help of SEBS team members. In the JOS Lab, more than 240 students 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, Mathematical puzzles like Soma Cube, Brahma’s Tower etc.

It was for the second time that SEBS had visited Bajalta. Yet, the overwhelming response and the appreciation which SEBS and its team received from students and general visitors motivated the team members for their journey ahead. After the end of three days exhibition, SEBS with its team started their journey towards Tarn Taran, as their next destination.

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