National Science Day, 2019

We drew inspiration from Arvind Gupta and created science toys out of trash. Magnetic levitation toy, a handmade CD spectroscope (that showed the spectrum of light), Foucault pendulum and several simple experiments with magnets for school students!

We invited around 80 students from four nearby schools – Telangana Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society School (Gowlidoddi), Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (Ranga Reddy District), Kendriya Vidyalaya (UoH Campus), Zilla Parishad High School (Serilingampally) for this event. There was a group activity for the students to visualize the order of DNA packaging in living cells. They had to compress a 2 metre wire (analogous to a DNA strand) into compact chromatin.

Students observing the spectrum of light through a handmade CD spectroscope.

Prof. N. D Hari Dass delivered a popular science talk on the Young’s double slit experiment. He, along with a few TIFRH students, demonstrated how to do this experiment in a spirit closest to that of Young’s 1801 experiment.

Basil Thurakkal (graduate student, TIFR Hyderabad) made a short video of the celebrations.

This programme was successful due to the enthusiatic participation of both the invited school students as well the graduate students from the institute.

Anusheela Chatterjee
D. Chandrika
Debashree Sengupta