Guests at the inauguration of the Science Park at Jusco
School on Wednesday. Picture by Bhola Prasad
Students of Jusco School, South Park, will henceforth learn about periodic tables, Newton’s law and other science-related topics with the help of material gathered from the junkyard.
In a unique initiative, the school has come up with a Science Park which explains science and maths with models made out of junk material like iron pipes, chains, door frames, asbestos sheets and old grills. The Science Park was inaugurated on Wednesday by Rituraj Sinha, general manager, business development and customer services, Jusco.
The innovative effort was conceptualised by school principal Shovana De along with her team of teachers and students to help motivate children to understand some basic laws of science as they see them everyday.
On the occasion, the school anthem was also unveiled and sung for the first time. The anthem was composed by the principal as well.
“We have worked on the concept for the last two months and have come up with the park, which aims to let students see the science models and understand them better. Our principal gave the idea of using junk materials which was very easy to use by customising and giving them an attractive look with colours,” said the school’s science teacher Mili Sinha.
The highlight of the Science Park is the periodic table, which the science teacher said some students had already memorised. A periodic table is a tabular display of chemical elements, organised on the basis of their atomic numbers, electron configurations, and recurring chemical properties.
The teacher said the inclination to learn would grow as the children saw the models everyday. Also on display are five iron balls attached to chains and suspended to show Newton’s Third Law — Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.
“When you push one ball with force it moves all the others and the action is repeated. We have written about the models so that children know what are they looking at,” said Sinha.
It is an exciting and interesting initiative in several aspects. The students will enjoy other scientific gadgets like a DNA model, variable length pendulum, Tarang, a kind of xylophone made of iron pipes which produces different sounds, optical illusion discs, Newton’s colour disc and pulley.