From Amravati, SECAS next moved to Nagpur in Maharashtra. It was welcomed by Shri Brijesh Kumar Gupta, DRM, CR. Shri Dilip Surkar, Director, VASCSC, along with other officials from the Central Railway were present during the occasion. Later, Shri Dilip Surkar, Director, VASCSC, over viewed the functioning of SECAS II and its activities. He interacted with the on-board team and motivated them for the journey ahead. At Nagpur, Shri Vinay Sinha, Member Secretary, State Biodiversity Board, Maharashtra, also visited SECAS II.
At Nagpur, SECAS II was scheduled for four days halt. It received great response from students, general visitors and children of different age group. Altogether in four days, more than 20,000 students from 303 different educational institutions visited SECAS II. Children also enthusiastically participated in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity.
At Nagpur, the team conducted three Teachers Orientation sessions for Primary school teachers. In these, the team held discussions on ‘Education Pedagogy’, ‘Case study and its relevancy in Science education’. They also briefed the participants about SECAS and its coach content. Additionally, the team also emphasized on ‘Activity-based learning’ for easy understanding of students and demonstrated different models like ‘Colour Changing Flask’, ‘Lens Camera’, ‘Neuron’, ‘Human Respiratory System’, ‘Jumping Frog’, ‘Wave’ etc.
On the third day of the halt, SECAS II team conducted an Outreach Activity at St. Francis De-Sales College, Seminary Hills, Nagpur. The team showed a documentary on Science Express and its journey so far. Moreover, the team also held a discussion on Climate Change and impact of our simple steps in mitigating the effects of Climate Change. The team delivered a special lecture on ‘Academic Career Standpoint’. It was well appreciated by the participants.
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI), Bharat Scouts & Guides and railway officials from Nagpur extended their voluntary support in co-ordination of different SECAS II activities.
At Nagpur, SECAS II crossed 20 lakh total visitors mark and 4.5 lakh visitations by students- in the current phase of its journey.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Nagpur came to an end, and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Amla in Madhya Pradesh.