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 Madhya Pradesh, SEBS Phase III moved to Maharashtra with Amravati as its new station. The exhibition was welcomed by Shri Vijay Singh Killedar, Station Manager, Amravati along with other Railway officials.
Shri Vijay Singh Killedar welcomes SEBS
Long queue of School Students
Sapling Plantation by SEBS team
The first day of SEBS exhibition at Amravati was the voting day for Assembly Elections. Hence, very few schools students visited the exhibition train. However, from the second day onwards huge rush was seen. Altogether in four-day, SEBS received a total of 44,822 visitors which included more than 9,100 students from 94 different schools of Amravati and nearby places.
At Amravati station, the Kids Zone registered a total of 1,175 students. The kids Enjoyed making models like Tiger in a Cage, Magical Capsule, Whirling Fan, Balancing Robot etc. with the help of SEBS team members. Besides this, they also enjoyed playing Biodiversity based games like Who am I?, Web of Life etc. Similarly, the JOS Lab registered a total of 2,400 students, who performed experiments like Study of Pond Water, Making of Onion Peel Slide, Working of a Lens Camera, Acid-Base Neutralization Reaction, Paper Chromatography, Newton’s Laws of Motion, Soma Cube, Sum of the Angles of a Triangle, a2-b2= (a+b) (a-b) etc. with help of SEBS team members.
The SEBS team also conducted a Quiz Competitions at Amravati station for students from Manibhai Gujarati High School and Paradise High School, Amravati, at the Platform in association with Shri Parag Mandle (IIS), Field Publicity Officer, Shri Ambadas Yadav, Field Publicity Assistant, Amravati and V. S. Chardeve HOD, Parcel & Ticket Booking Department, Amravati Railway Station. It was very much enjoyed by the participating students. In the end, the winners were also felicitated with prizes.
On the second day of the SEBS halt at Amravati, a Teachers Orientation Program for Primary Teachers focusing on Activity-Based Learning was organized, in which the SEBS team demonstrated simple experiments on Atmospheric Pressure, Laws of Motion, Gravitation, Refractive Index, Reflection, Surface Tension, Conduction and Convection etc. Special lecture on Vedic Mathematics and its Application in Space Science Data Simulation, Computational Science and Modern Algorithm was also conducted for the participating Teachers.
Besides this, the SEBS team also conducted Outreach Activities at three different schools of Amravati, namely Edify School, Shri Ram Vidyalaya, Wadali and Sunrise Marathi/English Primary School, Rathi Nagar.
Amravati also turned out to be another landmark station not only in the journey of SEBS but Science Express as well. On the second day of the exhibition, SEBS Phase III achieved a big milestone by crossing 10 lakh visitors mark, in the current phase, till date. Additionally, on the very next day, Science Express crossed 1.20 crore visitors mark, cumulative of all the phases till date (Phase I-VII). Moreover, JOS Lab also crossed 3 lakh students mark, cumulative of all the phases till date. Besides this, the Kids Zone also registered its 20,000th participant, in the current phase. These milestones brought bundles of joy for the entire team and the team celebrated it with full enthusiasm.
On the last day of SEBS halt at Amravati, the team SEBS along with the Station Manager, Amravati, planted saplings in the premises of the Railway Station, as a token of remembrance.
With this, the four-day exhibition of SEBS at Amravati came to a successful end, and the team SEBS made preparations for their departure to the next station - Kumhari in Chhattisgarh.
From Katni, SEBS moved to Saugor as its next station. It was welcomed by Shri A. K. Singh, DRM, Jabalpur Division, West Central Railways. Shri A.K. Singh along with his family visited the entire exhibition train and also appreciated the efforts of the team aboard SEBS. Shri A.P. Singh, Superintendent of Police, Police Training School, Saugor & Shri Sushil Mathur, Station Manager, Saugor, also visited the exhibition train along with their families at Saugor.
Shri A. K. Singh, DRM, Jabalpur Division,
SEBS team member explaining exhibits to students
Biology work station in JOS Lab
Students in Kids Zone
On the first day of the exhibition, the SEBS team in continuation with its celebration of the ‘World Space Week’ organized different events for the students throughout the day. The events included a Lecture on ‘Space Science & Universe’; a discussion on ‘Space & Rocket Science’ & a Quiz on ‘India’s Space Program’. The Quiz competition was very much enjoyed by the participants and the winners were also awarded prizes in the end.
During its four-day halt at Saugor, SEBS Phase III received more than 28,000 visitors, which included more than 4,700 students from 89 different schools of Saugor and adjoining places. Event the response from general visitors was overwhelming with more than 19,600 general public visiting SEBS in four days at Saugor.
At Saugor station, during the four-day halt of SEBS, the Kids Zone registered a total of 924 students, who enjoyed making science based models like Straw Fan, Balancing Act, Climbing Frog, Jumble Scramble, Straw Static, Turbine Sprinkler, Balloon in the Air, Rocket Launcher, Magic of Air, Clap in the Air, Optical illusion etc. with help of SEBS team members. In the JOS Lab, a total of 2,336 students participated & performed experiments based on Bohr’s Model of Atom, Magical Water, Surface Tension, Blow the Magical Balloon, Motion of Free Moving Bodies, Parking Puzzle, Stroop’s Test, Microscopic Observation of Spirogyra, Difference between Animal and Plant cell, Polymer structure of Balloon etc. Due to non availability of a suitable Platform, the SEBS team could not conduct Platform Activity at Saugor.
Saugor turned out to be another landmark station in the journey of SEBS with many milestones being crossed by SEBS during its four-day halt. To begin with, on the second day of the exhibition, JOS Lab registered 22 thousand participants’ mark for the current phase. Besides, on the last day of the exhibition, SEBS Phase III also crossed 9.9 lakh visitors mark, in the current phase, till date. Additionally, SEBS cumulative of the all the three phases (Phase I, II & III), also crossed 56 lakh visitors mark, till date. These milestones added new zeal to the team members and they were motivated for crossing more such milestones in the journey ahead.
With this, the four-day exhibition of SEBS at Saugor came to a successful end, and the team SEBS made preparations for their departure to the next station - Amravati in Maharashtra.
From Bilaspur, SEBS Phase III moved to Katni in Madhya Pardesh. It was welcome by Shri Jaipal Singh, ADRM, Jabalpur Division along with other Railway officials.
Shri Jaipal Singh, ADRM, Jabalpur Division in SEBS
Students interacting with SEBS team member
During its three-day halt at Katni, SEBS Phase III received a total of 11,297 visitors, which included more than 4,900 students from 31 different schools of Katni and adjoining places. Of the three exhibition days, the last day registered highest number of students, teachers, general visitors, as well as highest number of participants in the JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity.
On the second day of the exhibition, a memorable incident happened in the journey of SEBS. An enthusiastic Teacher from Little Bunny School, travelled all the way for more than 200 km to see the SEBS exhibition and also participate in Teachers Orientation Program. Looking at his spirit, the SEBS team not only conducted Teachers Orientation Program for a single participant but also provided him some of the reference resource material, to be used at his School.
At Katni station, the SEBS team also celebrated ‘World Space Week’ by conducting special session on Model Rocketry for students in the JOS Lab. In this the students not only made their own rockets but also learnt the principle and mechanism of its launch. The entire session was very much appreciated by the participants.
Amongst the complementary Activities of SEBS, Kids Zone registered a total of 502 students participation, while in the JOS Lab, a total of 865 students participated. At the Platform Activity the SEBS team conducted different competitions for the students which included a Quiz on the topic ‘Climate Change and its Impact’, an Essay Writing Competition on the topic ‘Clean & Green India’ etc. It was aimed at not only crating awareness among the students on but also to bring out the creative vision of the children. In the end the winners were also felicitated with prizes and mementos.
After a successful end of three-day exhibition at Katni, the team SEBS packed up for their departure to the next station Saugor in Madhya Pardesh.
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.
Shri A. P. Singh, DRM, with his family in SEBS
Students interacting with SEBS team member
Sapling plantation by SEBS team member
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.
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.
SEBS Team taking ‘Cleanliness Pledge’
SEBS Team taking ‘Cleanliness Pledge’
SEBS Team members cleaning the coaches
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.
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