Educational trip to The National Science Center

February 12, 2017

To provide the scholarly experience other than the text book, Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan’s social initiative Manthan – Sampoorna vikas Kendra organized an educational trip for the students at the National Science Center on 5th Feb, 2016. It is part of the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM), an autonomous body under India's Ministry of Culture.

Manthanites enjoyed the huge exhibit spanning four floors, one of the largest exhibits in the world, "the Energy balls", in which nylon balls six inches in diameter, are lifted to a height of fifty feet, letting them gain potential energy, and then dropped, letting them travel all kinds of paths, performing work to expend their potential energy into other forms of energy.

A special feature of the National Science Centre is its student visitors. While the world over, the ratio of student to general visitor ratio is about 0.3, almost 65% (a ratio of 1.8) of the visitors to the National Science Centre are students. As these visitors assemble at the reception amphitheater, they are given a brief and dramatic introduction to the world of science by the educators of the Centre. And as the visitors proceed further, the Centre opens up its treasures contained in six permanent halls full of interesting and hands-on participatory exhibits.

An escalator takes them up to the first gallery on the third floor – Our Science and Technology Heritage. Indian Heritage in Science & Technology has a long history of 4500 years. The exhibition on "Our Science and Technology Heritage" depicts how, in course of time, side by side with art and literature, there grew up on Indian soil, a very rich scientific and technological culture.

Next is a gallery on Human Biology - the miracle of Human Life. The gallery aims to portray the human body in all its aspects: anatomical, physiological, biochemical, structural, functional and systemic. The exhibition tries to answer several mind-boggling questions that we all ask at times, as how did life originate on our planet? Where did it evolve? Who are our ancestors? Is there life on other planets? Will man survive? And so on.

The next Gallery is Fun Science. This gallery is most liked by the younger visitors because this is full of hands-on exhibits explaining the fundamentals of science. This gallery seeks to escape from the bookish trap by the method of KISMIF (Keep It Simple- Make It Fun). A whole world of wonder and amazement awaits the visitors here with over a hundred interactive hands-on exhibits. "A digital Revolution" gallery is an effort to present to the visitor in an interactive and interesting way, the nuts and bolts behind Digital Information Revolution.

On the ground floor is the latest addition to the galaxy of galleries, "Emerging Technologies - A look into the future". "Emerging Technologies - A look into the future" which introduces the visitor to a range of sunrise technologies which promise to change Human life in the coming decade. The exhibition on Water – The Elixir of Life, is aimed at creating awareness about this scarce and all important source of life among the visitors specially the children.

The exhibition ends with a computer quiz on water and a pledge which the visitors can take to conserve water and protect this unique life supporting source for our future generations. The Gallery generated huge interest among the students and they learned each and every aspect exhibited at the center with full enthusiasm and eagerness.