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Science kits for school students

Jan. 22: Students of three schools, two in the city and one in Goalpara, have been given kits which will help them learn the principles and applications of electromagnets or run experiments on biochemistry.

The students of North Guwahati Girls’ High School and Rangmahal High School in the city and Sankardev Sishu Niketan in Goalpara will now be able to test and experiment the causes and remedies for minor health problems or the purity of water they drink at home.

They can even help their guardians in the nurseries and kitchen garden by checking the type of soil and suggesting the right kind of plantation.

The Assam Science Technology and Environment Council (Astec) last year proposed to the Assam government for a pilot project in a bid to popularise science among school students and they had chosen Handique Girls’ College for the implementation of the project.

Each department has developed separate science kits for their respective experimentation, pertaining to the subjects.

Altogether 36 experiments in chemistry, 23 in physics and nine in botany can be conducted with the kits.

A handbook, titled Easy Scientific Experiments, was also distributed along with the kit.

“Astec had approached us for implementing the project and it is, in fact, an honour for the science society of the college to be chosen by the council,” said Nirmali Medhi, convener of the science society of Handique Girls’ College.

For the implementation of the pilot project it has also provided a financial succour of Rs 1.8 lakh to the science society of the institute.

“Science is interwoven with our lives and we cannot imagine a single moment in our daily life without science. However, many lack proper guidance and help, thereby developing a phobia towards the subject,” Medhi added.

The science society organises quiz competitions, talk shows and science demonstrations in schools.

“We take up ample activities such as competition and talk shows in schools so as to inculcate an affinity towards the subject. The society has been very active in this regard and also aspire to initiate steps to render assistance to the schools, so that the students have a better orientation towards the subject,” she said.

Medhi said it had received a great deal of support from Astec and would like to continue with the project provided they received the financial support.

“The chemistry kit has already been distributed to the schools and we are in the process of distributing the other kits at the earliest. Our task, however, does not end here. We spent an entire day in each school by demonstrating the use of the testing equipment. In addition, the society also plans to make arrangements for the students to visit them so that they get an idea about a science laboratory,” she said.

“It is a very good initiative from our department. Of late, the learning process has become theoretical and that makes the learning of science very mundane. Thereby, the students also fail to develop interest towards the subject. We would endeavour to continue this project,” an official of Astec said.

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