The next station in the journey of SECAS II was Chatrapur in Odisha. The Sub Divisional Magistrate of Chatrapur, along with other officials from the district administration welcomed SECAS II. The distinguished guests visited the exhibition train and appreciated the efforts of DST and MoEFCC, Govt. of India, in scheduling the exhibition at Chatrapur.
SECAS II exhibition was scheduled for three days at Chatrapur. Due to the ongoing summer vacation in the schools and colleges, there were comparatively lesser number of students visiting SECAS II. However, a good number of general visitors including children of different age groups came to see the exhibition train. Altogether in three days, SECAS II received approximately 13,000 visitors, including students from 19 different educational institutions.
At Chatrapur, Shri Ashish Kumar Bahera, DFO, Behrampur, Dr. Shankaran Beja, District Coordinator, Eco Club, Ganjam and Shri Sanatan Panda, District Education Officer, Ganjam visited SECAS II and appreciated the efforts of the onboard team.
The complementary activities of SECAS II in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity also registered good participation at Chatrapur. A team from National Innovation Foundation (NIF) conducted an ‘Idea Competition’ for students and children, in which they enthusiastically participated and shared their ideas on solving some of the day to day problems through application of science and technology.
On 18 May 2017, SECAS II team celebrated the International Museum Day, by conducting different activities. In the JOS Lab, the team showcased a short documentary movie on ‘History of Museums’. It was followed by a presentation on ‘Museums in India and the Science Centers across the Country’. The students also enthusiastically participated in the activities like ‘Writing a Postcard to a Museum’, ‘Making of a Handprint Stamp’ etc. At the Platform, the team held a discussion on Museums in India focusing on different Science Centers across the country. The team briefed the students about Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre and its activities. They also conducted activities like ‘Picture Puzzle’, ‘My Idea of a Science Centre’, and ‘Five points to Draw Museum’. It was very much appreciated by the participants.
At Chatrapur, SECAS II crossed 25,000 students’ participation in JOS Lab and 55,000 students’ participation in the Platform Activity.
SECAS II team had a unique experience at Chatrapur as they got the chance to visit the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle mass nesting site at Rushikulya, Ganjam. It was an enriching educational visit for the team.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Chatrapur, came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Kottavalsa in Andhra Pradesh.