From Bhadrak, SECAS II next moved to Puri in Odisha. It was welcomed by Shri B. Patro, Station Director, Eastern Coastal Railways along with Shri B. Hati, Station Manager, Puri. Shri Rabindranath Swain, District Science Supervisor cum Science Communicator, Mrs. Salitha Sethy, District Education Officer, Mrs. Shubhashree Das, District Fisheries Officer, and Shri Sudarsan Pattnaik, the famous sand artist from Odisha, visited SECAS II along with their families. They interacted with the on-board team and appreciated their efforts.
SECAS II exhibition was scheduled for four days at Puri. 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 four days, SECAS II received approximately 15,000 visitors, which also includes students from 20 different educational institutions.
The complementary activities of SECAS II in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity also registered good participation at Puri. A team from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun, extended their support in conducting the Platform Activity. The team working on conservation of biodiversity performed local folk songs conveying the message of importance of conservation of sea turtles. It was very much appreciated by all.
At Puri, a team from National Innovation Foundation (NIF), conducted ‘Idea Competition’ for the students and children visiting SECAS II, in which the participants enthusiastically shared their innovative ideas for solving the problems and challenges that are being faced in today’s world.
On all the four days of SECAS II halt at Puri, the team held sessions on ‘Science Behind Miracles’ as part of the Platform Activity. In this, they demonstrated activities like ‘Fire without Firework’, ‘Magical Pot in Air’, ‘Blood Exuding from Hand’, and ‘Miraculous Lemon turning Red’. It was interesting for the visitors to watch these magical activities, but they were surprised when the team explained the scientific principles and reactions behind them. It was well appreciated by all.
At Puri, SECAS II crossed 5 lakh general visitors mark.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Puri, came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Chatrapur in Odisha.