The next halt for SECAS II was Madgaon. The first day of halt at Madgaon was a memorable day in the journey of Science express as it was welcomed by Hon’ble Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu, through video conferencing. He addressed the team and appreciated their efforts in spreading awareness about environmental issues pertaining to climate change across the country.
Shri Digambar Kamat, Ex- Chief Minister, Goa and MLA, Shri Swapnil M Naik, IAS, Collector (South Goa), Madgaon, Shri Levinson J Martins, Director, Goa State Department of Science and Technology, Md. Aasim Sulaiman, Regional Railway Manager, Karwar, Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd., along with several other officials graced the occasion.
SECAS II received an overwhelming response from students, general public and children of different age groups, during the three day halt at Madgaon. A group of visually challenged students from Sanjay Centre for Special Education, Curchorem, South Goa, also visited SECAS II. The on-board team took special care in explaining the exhibits to these students with the help of their mentors. Despite heavy rains, altogether in three days, more than 34,500 visitors including students from 209 different educational institutions visited SECAS II at Madgaon.
At Madgaon, Platform Activity, JOS Lab and Kids Zone also received enthusiastic participation. As a part of Platform Activity, SECAS II team conducted sessions on ‘Science Behind Miracles’ and held discussion on ‘Superstition and Science’ with the participants. The on-board team also demonstrated different activities like ‘Mysterious Red Scarf in Coconut’, ‘Blood from Lemon’, ‘Knife and Miraculous Floating Pot’ etc. It was a great learning experience for the students and visitors as they learnt science behind these fascinating activities.
SECAS II team conducted a Teachers Orientation session for a group of Primary teachers at Madgaon. The team demonstrated different models like ‘Balancing Pencil’, ‘Color Changing Flask’, ‘Whirling Fan’, ‘Human Respiratory System’, and ‘Double Helical Structure of DNA’ etc., and emphasized on hands-on methods of teaching in science which will be helpful to students for better understanding.
At Madgaon, SECAS II crossed many landmarks. It crossed 14.5 lakh total visitors mark, 3 lakh students’ visitations, 50,000 students’ participation in JOS lab, 55,000 children’s participation in Kids Zone- in the current phase.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Madgaon came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Ratnagiri in Maharashtra.