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Small hands, big wonders

- DAV students develop science city, an impressed minister gifts Rs 3.25 lakh

Students today, scientists of tomorrow.

That’s exactly what pulpils of DAV Public School Dugda in Bokaro, about 20km from the district headquarters, established when they developed a science city on their campus.

With little guidance from their teachers and largesse of Rs 25,000 from the school fund, the youngsters turned a one-acre plot near their playground into an exciting world of science in less than six months — a first in any Bokaro school.

The science city boasts fossils of over 200 species, a telescope, a kaleidoscope, a wind mill, Newton’s disc, a wave formation instrument, an indigenous solar water heater, a convex mirror and a model of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

What makes these models even more special is that all are the handiwork of students. As many as 230 ninth to twelfth graders designed the models with the help of their art teacher Ajit Andia.

If teachers and students have developed the science city with their innovating thinking and hard work, the state government, too, recognised their effort when finance minister Rajendra Prasad Singh visited the school on Thursday and announced a largesse of Rs 3 lakh for further development of the science city.

Besides, an additional Rs 25,000 has been sanctioned for constructing a boundary wall around the playground.

“We started off with the idea of a fossil park in July last year and started collecting fossils from mines,” recalls principal Ashutosh Mairh, adding the plan for a science city in the school occurred during a trip to the Science City in Calcutta during last year’s summer vacation.

Besides fossils, Mairh added, they also developed a few models of extinct animals like dinasaurs.

Not only designing, students and teachers also exhibited their commitment for the Green cause while developing the science city.

The indigenous solar water heater has been developed using saline bottles, while the solar cooker has been made by polishing used satellite discs. Waste material from coal mines were turned into the PSLV model.

“We are also planning to develop a small planetarium within the science city. We will soon initiate talks regarding this with officials of Nehru Planetarium in Mumbai,” said the principal, who is also founder-member of Samvedna, a student-teachers’ association that works for the welfare of the Birhor tribe.

“The basic aim behind the science city is to develop a scientific temperament among the students,” Mairh explained.