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Science Express gives lessons in biodiversity
Sakal Times | Wednesday, 17 December 2014 AT 11:07 PM IST
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Khadki: In the seventh phase of the Science Express, the train has been stationed at Khadki Railway Station between December 17 and 20, Pune being its 42nd stoppage.

The mobile science exhibition was inaugurated at Pune by PJ Michael, Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change; and Dilip Surkar from Vikram Sarabhai Community Science Centre; and Sanskriti Menon of Centre for Environment Education amongst others.

Students from about five to six schools were present at the Khadki Railway Station on day one to visit the Science Express. This is the third time that the train has taken the Biodiversity Theme and it has come to Pune for the second time. Prior to that, the train was designed for other science-related projects like human body, astronomy and physics.

A recorded message of Prakash Javadekar was played wherein the minister told the students to conserve and take care of nature.

There are 16 coaches in the train, of which the last coach called ‘Joy of Science’ has interactive scientific experiments. The information on these 16 coaches is explained by 35 communicators who interact with the children and explain them the importance of biodiversity.

Rishika Gupta, Srishti Sinha, Adarsh Akshay, Kausar Shaikh and Swapnonil Tayal are students from Lexicon International School who were excited to be part of the Science Express.

They said, "The various types of butterflies and birds that they taught us about was really interesting. The section of ‘music of nature’ was the most interesting one since there were sounds of different kinds of birds. What we also liked were some unknown facts, like ostrich is not the tallest bird and that there is a flower that blooms every 12 years. There is a bird that exists in the world whose excreta is the costliest coffee."

I have got children from Std VIII, IX and X. It is a very informative and interesting exhibit. The students have loved it. We will speak to our Principal and check if we can get another group of students tomorrow and day after. This way of learning helps children a lot. — Seema Kakade, Army Public School, Southern Command

We loved the coach that had Northeast India information. The fact that they use bamboo in so many creative ways was very interesting. The importance of saving nature and endangered species was also explained to us. We will definitely bring our parents and our friends."

— From L-R: Karan Solanki, Mehevish Khan, Chhaya Hosamani and Ubaid Shaikh,
KC Thackeray Vidya Niketan, Somwar Peth


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