From Kalluru in Telangana, SECAS II next moved Whitefield in Karnataka. SECAS II was welcomed by Justice Venkate Gopala Gowda, Retired Judge, Supreme Court of India. Ms. Vasantha Kavitha KC Reddy, Secretary, KCR Sarojamma Welfare Foundation also graced the occasion. The distinguished guests visited the exhibition train and appreciated the endeavour of DST in promoting awareness amongst the students.
SECAS II exhibition was scheduled for three days at Whitefield, during which it received an overwhelming response from students, general public and children of different age groups. On the last day of the halt, SECAS II received over 10,000 students –the highest in a single day in the current phase. Altogether in three days, students from 107 educational institutions and more than 37,000 visitors visited the exhibition train.
At Whitefield, scientists from the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bengaluru, who have contributed their research work for display in coach 9 on Chemical Ecology, visited SECAS. They interacted with the on-board team and also took their feedback. It was a great experience for the SECAS II team.
On June 8th, SECAS II team celebrated World Oceans Day by conducting different activities and highlighted the theme for 2017- ‘Our Oceans Our Future’. The team also discussed with the students about the role of Oceans in mitigating climate change and how the marine phytoplankton can help in sequestration of atmospheric carbon through the biological pumps operational in oceans.
At Whitefield, apart from seeing the exhibition, children also enthusiastically participated in the complementary activities of SECAS II in JOS Lab, Kids Zone and Platform Activity. Besides, as a part of ‘Swachch Bharat, Harit Bharat’ initiative the on board team circulated copies of the Green Pledge to the students and teachers and also discussed with them about the importance of clean and green environment and importance of reuse and recycle.
SECAS II team conducted a Teachers Orientation session for a group of 22 primary school teachers. In this session, the team discussed about the National Curriculum Framework and Broad Objectives of the New National Policy on Education. The importance of hands-on learning for understanding different concepts of science and maths was also highlighted by demonstrating different models and activities.
At Whitefield, teams from Environmental Management & Policy Research Institute, and ENVIS Center, Bengaluru, extended their support in coordination of the SECAS II activities at the platform.
At Whitefield, Platform Activity crossed 65,000 students’ participation in the current phase.
With this, the halt of SECAS II at Whitefield came to a successful end and the team packed up and made preparations for their departure to the next station – Kengeri in Bengaluru.