Science Express

The Science-Express is continuing its journey with stops at different places in Gujarat and Rajasthan to share the excitements of science among general public and students. The third stop of the Science-Express on 22nd January was arranged in Ravindra Nath Tagore School and College, Kapasan, a remote place, one and half hours of drive from Udaipur towards Chittorgarh, Rajasthan. It was a full day exhibition along with extremely intriguing popular lectures by Prof. S. Mohanty and Dr. K. Acharyya. Both of these talks were well received by the students. More than 1000 students participated in this event. We demonstrated 25 odd exhibits showcasing different scientific activities of PRL

On 23rd January, the Science-Express reached to the Govt Senior Secondary School, Badgaon, a remote corner of Udaipur. Hearing about the event, the students started lined up from early morning. Primarily, the students of two nearby High schools, one boys and other girls, participated in this event. The focus of this event was to provide scientific exposure to the girl students. Subsequently, students from other nearby schools also poured in. Students were extremely charged up to take the advantage of the scientific exposure at their door step. Similarly, seeing the students from the unprivileged section of the society, our team members put their extra effort to explain our exhibits in very simple understandable words for such children. Several now ideas had popped up spontaneously to ignite the curiosity in such little open minds. Around 600 students participated in this event.

Science-Express team for Udaipur and Kapasan

Ali Anwar, Anirban Ghosh, Ankshika Bansal, Anupam Ghosh, Ayan Biswas, Arijit Roy, Bankimchandra N Pandya, Bhaskar, Deepak Kumar Painkra, Deepak Gaur, Devaprasad M, Harish, Harshith, Kapil Bhardwaj, Kevikumar Lad, Malaidevan P, Monika Devi, Navprakash, Pranav Bhardwaj, Prashanth Kasarla, Rituparna Das, Sandeep Singh, Sharika Mishra, Satyajit Patil, Shiva, Subith Kumar, Supriya Pan, Sushil Kumar, Tanmay Kumar Poddar, Vimlesh Kumar, Yash Srivastava, Yogesh, Kinsuk Acharyya, Partha Konar, Subhendra Mohanty

USO Team

Anisha Kulhari, Hirdesh Kumar, Kushagra Upadhyay, Syed Ibrahim on 22nd January and Brajesh Kumar, Girjesh Gupta, Kamlesh Vora, Rohan Louis, Suraj Sahu on 23rd January 2019
To mark birth centenary of Dr. Vikram A. Sarabhai, the father of the Indian space programme, National Science Day 2019 team at PRL has planned to organise science exhibition/demonstrations at different places of Gujarat in coordination with schools/community science centres. The motive is to reach out to the general public and students and share the excitements of science. First chapter of that effort started rolling out with two days long visit at Dhrol, Jamnagar and Rajkot. 27 volunteers from PRL, primarily PhD students, spent their Christmas weekend in a very special way demonstrating 20 odd experiments and interacting scientifically with numerous students, kids and common people. These experiments are setup by different divisions of PRL to demonstrate different aspects of science, such as, anti-gravity, roller coaster, light guiding, optical cloaking, light polarisation, super conductor, liquid nitrogen, light box, radio meter, aspects of theoretical physics, thermohaline circulation model, experiments demonstrating the Lentz law and Bernoulli’s laws, twinkling effect, imaging in telescope, pulser model, shock tube, payload description of solar X-ray monitor, alpha particle X-ray spectrometer on Chandrayan–II, hands-on with astrokit and astronomical activities, sky spectra poster, sun photometer and Gale crater model, Mars.

Dhrol community science centre is inside M.D. Mehta Education complex which includes a spectrum of girl child education centres from primary school to B.Ed college together with a science museum and a planetarium. Our exhibition was set during 2.00 to 5.00 pm on 22nd Dec 2018, Saturday in Dhrol. The organisers from Dhrol restricted the entry of the students of class 8 and above anticipating a unmanageably large gathering. Still our demonstrations were well appreciated with a impressive 600+ footfall in three hours. Centre coordinator Sanjayji and his group of volunteers were extremely helpful in organising the show. We gathered all incoming students at a auditorium, giving a brief introduction and different science activities at PRL by showing the recent documentary. The students were then sent to different experiments in the demonstration area in a coordinated flow. We were satisfied to receive very positive feedback from engrossing students of different age group. We extended the activity till 6 pm before taking our break and returning to Rajkot.
Next morning we resumed our demonstration at regional community science centre, Rajkot where Mineshji has taken a personal care coordinating different logistics throughout our trip. Located at the heart of Rajkot - the Race Course area, this regional centre has long been taking active role in the field of science popularisation. Unlike Dhrol, the audience here spanned over a wide range age group, including school, college students, parents and teachers and several groups of students in their school uniform coordinated by teachers. In this full day activity we had 1000+ excited visitors. In several occasions enchanted students thanked for this opportunity. We had addressed many of their queries about PRL in general and PRL science activities and opportunities. Some college teachers wished to have similar show/hands-on experiments at their campus in near future.
Science Express is a novel effort to bring the scientific exposure at the door of a student at far corners of Gujarat. This is to fulfil our social obligations towards our community by providing lasting impressions to cultivate the scientific inquisitiveness among the future generation. Moreover, such experience provided a learning exposure for all our young volunteers who faced all challenges with great energy and enthusiasm.

Science-Express team for Dhrol and Rajkot

Arijit Roy, Ayan Biswas, Bankimchandra N Pandya, Bhaskar, Binal Patel, Girjesh R Gupta, Kamlesh Bora, Malaidevan P, Naba Prakash, Nisha Bharti, Nishant Singh, Pradip Suryawanshi, Rahul Kumar Kushwaha, Rituparna Das, Sandeep Singh, Siddhartha Sarkar, Sovan Saha, Subith Kumar, Sudipta Show, Supriya Pan, Sushil, Varun Sharma, Vimlesh Kumar, Vishnu Kumar Dhaker, Yash Srivastava, Yogesh and Partha Konar. Logistics by Goutam Samanta, Bhushit Vaishnav.