| Students attend the workshop in Patna on Friday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Understanding Newton would not be a tall task, as experiments will go hand-in-hand at a workshop organised by IITians for school students.
The Indian Institute of Technology-Patna, as part of social responsibility, has initiated a two-day workshop on “Concepts of physics through experiments” for students of Class XI and XII.
During the two days, senior faculty members of IIT-Patna would explain the basic physics to students of 15 schools theoretically, with simultaneous experiments.
Aamrah Rehman, a Class XI student of DAV Walmi, said: “Learning physics is always interesting. But if you are taught the subject through experiments, the concepts get clearer.” The 15 schools that have participated in the workshop include, DPS, DAV Walmi, International School, Government Girls School-Shastrinagar and others.
Inaugurating the workshop, IIT-Patna director A.K. Bhowmick said: “The initiative is an attempt of IIT-Patna to link premier higher education institutes with school students, so that students not only get a clear concept of physics but also know how IITs function.”
He added that learning in IIT is always a dream for every student because even after so many years, the institution has upheld its reputation.
“Out of the 10 best inventions in the country, six are by IITians. Around 40 per cent inventions at Silicon Valley in US are brainchild of IITians,” Bhowmick said.
At the workshop, the first half of the day will be dedicated to theory, while the second will concentrate on experiments. The topics in focus are general physics, electricity and magnetism, basics of lasers, mechanics and physical optics. In experimental documentations, surface tension, velocity of sound in air and others would be taught.
Abhishek Kumar, a student of International School, said: “Learning physics from senior faculty members of IIT is a dream come true. We are experimenting at the IIT lab, which is regarded as best laboratory in eastern India. This is certainly very encouraging.”
Education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha, who was the chief guest at the function, asked the students to get their concepts correct by asking questions.
“The IITs encourage students to ask questions,” he said.