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I Took My Nine-Y-O Daughter To National Science Centre: An Integration Of Science And Culture

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The National Science Centre is one of the leading science centres in Asia and popularly known as “a dream castle for one and all”. This is a great example of modern architecture. The centre is a great foundation of learning not only for science, but also for cultural events. If you visit there, you apprehend how science and culture are unified. So now, I am going to share my flight in a science museum.

I visited the science museum in December with my family. I just want to give a hands-on experience to my nine-year-old daughter.

As we reached there, a number of activities were mentioned on the board. We selected the exhibition as per the requirement and interest area of our daughter. I visited there for my daughter, but the visit broadened my horizon as well. The Science Centre is an amusing learning zone for all age groups.

Let’s visit gemstones of the centre with me. One by one, as you enter in the centre, you are welcomed by a 1,200kg huge ball of granite, which makes for a suitable place for those who are crazy for photo sessions. This is Kugal fountain, which is the outdoor exhibit.

Kugal Fountain at the National Science Centre

Then, you get excited with the Energy Ball Exhibit, which is the centre of attraction for millions of visitors not only from India, but other countries of the world. The standalone exhibit is based on transformation and different geometrical shapes, and is a great experience.

Energy Ball Exhibit at the National Science Centre

Science On Sphere

The demonstration of the Sun and its surrounding planets was very informative for students of all classes. The way of explanation is easy to understand. The most important tool of teaching here is that of participatory learning. Everybody can participate as the presenter asks questions. This is room-sized global system, which surely provides you with an actual demo of the planets and the Sun and useful information regarding every planet. A live demonstration of every part of the planet, with their special features, was amusing and added some useful information in our knowledge pool.

Fantasy Ride

Fantasy ride is a motion systems which are high in quality and reliability, and makes us realise how beautiful our Universe is. It is a superb educational equipment. This was a perfect fit for us to remember our ride by. It should not be called a ‘fantasy’ ride but rather  a ‘realistic’ fantasy ride, which is jam-packed with the huge development of mankind.

After experiencing the flight, I am sure nobody wanted to come back on Earth. We experienced a movement of all six degrees of freedom, including rotational and linear movement. This was an awesome engagement with the Universe. This was a fantabulous ride in which we could feel the experience of being in space without actually going to space, and is extremely touching.

This ride, we can say, was:

Super Se Bhi Oopper

There are two kinds of aquarium at the National Science Centre:

  • Freshwater Aquarium
  • Marine water Aquarium

This allows students to differentiate the life cycle of sea life. Several aquatic creatures including crabs, fishes, sponges and Anemones can be seen there. You can enjoy aquatic life science with simplicity.

At last, do visit our glorious past by visiting the corner that has demonstrated all the tools used during the Harappan civilisation, which is a showcase of our rich culture that we have been preserving for centuries.

Tools of Harappan civilisation at the National Science Centre

They had the technology of every aspect of human life: Kala, surgery, iron making, gold and agriculture, all are defined with influential artefacts. After visiting this corner, I realised how our culture and heritage are interconnected and why a demonstration of Kadapa Sanskrit has been done. I realised how much our forefathers were advanced in their time.

We were enchanted after having gone through so many engaging sessions under one roof. As per the recent scenario, it’s a good way to provide real learning opportunities to our children. We know that schools are closed, but the doors of learning are still open. Several aspects of learning were waiting for us there as soon as we reached. We spent a long time there in order to completely understand the learnings that the Science centre had to offer to us. The most touching part of our visit was the fantasy ride, which was no little less than the real ride by astronauts in space. Everything was sinking around us in profundity.

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