Pune: Sakal, in collaboration with Sunday Science School (SSS), had organised a Science Exposition of experiments carried out by students at the former’s Hands-on Science workshops for children on Sunday.
The exposition was inaugurated by Dr Suresh Naik, Ex-Group Director, ISRO, and Professor Jayant Udgaonkar, Director, IISER. More than 300 students participated in the event with around 200 projects.
Speaking on the occasion, Naik said, “Experimentation is the best way for the students to learn. The hands-on learning method, which is highly used in the developed countries, is now gradually being brought in our country as well.”
He further added that through ISRO, India is now planning human missions to space, and there is a possibility that we might accomplish these missions in coming six to seven years.
In his address to the children, Udgaonkar said, “Today, everybody wants to be an engineer or doctor. I wish to urge the children to also think of becoming a scientist. You can take up research or innovation in whatever topic that interests you in the field of science.”
“Sunday Science School is dedicated to provide ‘hands-on’ science experience to students from schools and thereby give students in-depth awareness of applications of scientific principles in their daily life. The SSS has designed hundreds of science activities for students to understand science through experimentation. In SSS sessions, students understand them, perform them and ‘Take-Home’ the ready activities or projects,” Suyash Dake, Director, SSS, said.
Dake further added, “The objective behind SSS is to motivate the students from Std III to IX to start experimenting. The students join us for 25 Sundays in a year, for two hours each, and carry out several scientific activities. They also get to take the material that they experiment home, thus creating a little laboratory of their own at their houses. The students work in four different levels, namely Junior, Senior, Level 1 and Level 2.”
“This is an opportunity for these kids to show others what they have done. It motivates them in so many ways to pursue their talents. It also boosts their talent,” Dake said.
Sarika Dale, a parent at the expo, said, “Since my son joined SSS, I have seen that his curiosity has got a direction, and his interest in Science has increased a lot.”
Adhiraj Kakde, a student at the junior level, who had displayed his project at the Exposition, said, “I have really enjoyed the classes, and today explaining our experiment to so many people was fun. I will come back nex=t year for the next level.”