From Dhule, SECAS II next moved to Akola in Maharashtra. It was welcomed by Shri A. C. Khavale, ADC, Akola. Shri B Bachuka, DRCA, Ms. Maya Tale, Cooperator and Shri Kishore Mangate, President, Zila Parishad, Akola, were also present on the occasion. Later, the distinguished guests visited the train and appreciated the efforts of the on-board team.
Although, Akola was new station added to the itinerary of SECAS II, yet it received great response from students, general visitors and children of different age group. Altogether in two days halt at Akola, more than 19,000 students from 223 different schools and colleges visited the train
SECAS II celebrated World Nature Conservation Day on 28th July and conducted different activities in JOS, Kids Zone and Platform Activity. As a part of celebrations, the on-board team conducted face painting activity, held discussions with the students on ‘Nature and its Balance’, ‘Importance of Species Diversity’ and ‘How we are disturbing the Balance’ and also conducted the game ‘Web of Life’ for clearer understanding of the concept at the Platform. In the JOS Lab, the students were briefed about ‘World Nature Conservation Day and its Importance’ through a short documentary movie.
At Akola, SECAS II team conducted an Outreach Activity at Andha Kalyan and Punarbarsan Sangha, for a group of visually challenged students. The team discussed with them about Science Express and its different themes and also discussed about ‘Climate Change, Biodiversity and Water’ and ‘My Positive Actions’. They also distributed the SECAS booklet in braille as a resource material to the students.
On the last day of the halt at Akola, the team also conducted a Teacher Orientation session at for a group of upper primary school teachers and discussed about ‘Hands-on Approaches’ for teaching science and math. The team also demonstrated various activities and models based on scientific principles and how these can be useful in teaching different concepts in schools.
At Akola, SECAS II crossed many landmarks. It crossed 19 lakh total visitors mark, 5,000 school and college visitations, 60,000 participants in Kids Zone and 11,000 students participation in Outreach Activity.
With this, the successful halt of SECAS II at Akola came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Murtajapur in Maharashtra.