“One day’s exposure to mountains is better than a cartload of books. “- John Muir
Curiosity is the engine of achievement: inculcating the essence of the phrase in its work; VSM NALANDA, a socio-educational initiative, has taken one more step in the development of their 20 scholarship students. On 5th March, 2017 the VSM NALANDA team had organised a day trip for the scholarship students of 5th standard. Considering a subject which needs no language and is universally common, the team decided to give the students a scintilla of science and took the students at Nehru Planetarium and Nehru Science Centre, Mumbai.
The team had started the Middle School Scholarship (5th Std) programme along with the regular sessions taken on Saturdays in 2016. The aim for commencing this activity was to make the students identify their hidden potentials and push their horizons and give extra assistance for their scholarship exam studies. The Nehru Planetarium added value to this effort by giving the kids exposure to practical science exhibits.
The Nehru Science Centre has more than 500 hands-on and interactive science exhibits on energy, sound, kinematics, mechanics, transport, etc. installed in the Science Park & different galleries. Nehru planetarium fosters astronomical study through the means of edutainment.
The main focus of the trip was to make students aware of various aspects of science, spurring their curiosity and instilling a habit of questioning. Not only students, but also 6 teachers along with 11 volunteers learned something new and discovered their exploratory sides.
Few programmes showed at the centre and planetarium include 3D science show, Taramandal / Science Film Show, science magic tricks, energy model etc. The fun plus educative visit ended with collection of immense knowledge drizzled with the sparkle of wonderment. An overwhelming response was received from the school teachers and students. The great enthusiasm shown by the students and teachers motivates the team to conduct more educational visits in future.