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Students connect science & sensibility

- Young minds map development of society and industry through models

March 21: Society may have advanced scientifically, but it still has work to do when it comes to being sensible.

This was the picture that emerged from the wide variety of models on display at the science exhibition at St Mary’s School today.

For instance, while one girl had created a poster to voice her concerns about superstitions, another showcased how Assamese society had evolved through ages, science-wise.

Organised by the school, the two-day science exhibition concluded today.

An annual event on the school’s calendar, it gives the students an opportunity to showcase their talent as well as learn about science.

Don Bosco Society chairman V.M. Thomas had inaugurated the exhibition yesterday. In his speech, Thomas talked about knowledge, skill, attitude and value.

A Class VII student, Arunima Dhar, made a poster to drive home a message against superstition, which she called “shame of modern time”. She explained to visitors how superstition was still prevalent in society today.

A Class VI student, Nandita Bhuyan, used a model to show how tea leaves were transported from gardens to factories in an effort to highlight Assam tea. Nandita said she had seen tea gardens in Digboi during a visit to a relative’s home.

Her friend and classmate, Jayeeta Pathak, had built a replica of a tea garden bungalow, the type used by garden owners or managers. Besides, there were tiny models of tea garden workers plucking leaves and dancing jhumur.

Another Class VI student, Mahrusa Rumman, showcased the changes in Assamese society from the days when baan bati (a bowl with a stand) was an indispensable part of Assamese society to modern times when an electric kettle is a common item in every household. For her, it was science that had changed lifestyles and the outlook of people.

“Our theme was based on Assam tea, an integral part of our society. I tried to show how science has changed the entire process of tea making,” Mahrusa said.

The school’s principal, Sister Jessy Nedumala, said the exhibition was organised to give the students an opportunity to showcase their talents. The models on display during the exhibition were not only based on science but also on humanity, arts and craft.

“The exhibition is a part of the students’ course curriculum. It also aims to give an opportunity to the students to explore their talents. They have participated in the exhibition with individual and collective models and are very happy about it,” she said.

Around 95 per cent of the students from kindergarten to higher secondary level took part in the exhibition. The winners of the exhibition will be announced on Tuesday.