The next station in the journey of SECAS II was Chandil in Jharkhand. The exhibition was scheduled to be for three days at Chandil, but its arrival at Chandil got delayed by more than 15 hours on 6 May, and it turned out to be a journey day for SECAS II. However, in the next two days, on 7 and 8 May, a good number of general visitors as well as students came to see the exhibition train. Shri Rakesh Bansal, S.P., Seraikela, Shri Sandeep Bhagat, SDPO, Chandil and Shri Vikas Kumar Mishra (OC) CRPF, Chandil, along with other officials visited SECAS II and appreciated the efforts of the on-board team.
SECAS II received a very enthusiastic response at Chandil, with more than 22,000 people including students from 61 different educational institutions visiting the exhibition train. On both the days of the exhibition, huge rush of visitors was seen at the platform throughout the day. Hence, to accommodate all, the SECAS II team extended the exhibition hours in the morning as well as the evening.
The complementary activities of SECAS II in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity also registered good participation at Chandil. On the last day of the halt, the SECAS II team held an ‘Astronight’, as part of the Outreach Activity, in which over 500 students participated. In this, the team held a special session on Astronomy and demonstrated the assembly of a Telescope and also explained it’s working. Later, the student enjoyed watching the night sky through the telescope. It was well appreciated by the participants. SECAS II team also conducted a Teachers Orientation sessions for Primary teachers at Chandil, with the emphasis on ‘Hands-on Approaches for Teaching Science and Math’.
At Chandil, SECAS II crossed 6.9 lakh total visitors; 1,500 schools/colleges visit; 6,000 students’ participation in Outreach Activity; and 500 teachers’ participation Teachers Orientation Program.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Chandil, came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Bhadrak.