The Nehru Planetarium organises special programmes and workshops for school and college students, visitors and amateur astronomers. These workshops aim at creating awareness about various issues such as waste management, identification and conservation of birds etc. Our students enjoyed the privilege of attending a few of these in April 2018.
On 10th April 2018, 15 members of the Eco Club from Classes VI to VIII, along with their teacher, Ms. Anu Singh, attended a workshop on the topic ‘Know your birds’ at Nehru Planetarium. The workshop was conducted by Professor Naveen Kumar Tiwary, ornithologist and bird watcher. The workshop aimed at educating students about bird identification techniques by observing its body parts (size, colour, beak, wings, legs, etc.), habitat and sounds. Apart from bird watching, he also motivated students to try and do something to increase bird numbers. The students were encouraged to try and locate birds early in the morning and upload the information on the website, eBird India.
On April 12, 2018, 15 students of Class IX, along with their teacher, Ms. Swati Sharma, attended a multi-media presentation and screening of documentaries ‘Yuri Gagarin – Chosen By The Stars’ and ‘Russia in Space for Humanity’ organised by Roskomos along with Russian Centre of Science and Culture on the occasion of the World Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics at Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi. The students were amazed to learn about the making of an astronaut and the tremendous labour and training required to become one. Russian scientists and the Director of Nehru Planetarium presented the documentary along with an interesting question-and-answer session in which our students actively participated. The moment of experiencing zero gravity conditions left our students spell bound. There was also a ‘rocket launching activity’ that the students enjoyed a lot.
On April 19, 2018, 15 students of Class VII, along with their teacher, Ms. Savitha V, attended a special workshop on waste management by the NGO Harajeevan at the Nehru Planetarium. The workshop aimed at sensitising students to the harmful effects of the huge and ever-increasing mountains of wastes being dumped at landfill sites, especially in Delhi. The adoption of ‘Zero Wastage Strategy’ was emphasised. The students were made aware of the different kinds of wastes and taught how to segregate waste at source, i.e., their homes, via an activity. Composting of green waste was encouraged. The students demonstrated understanding and gave a positive response by affirming that each individual would try to manage his/her own waste at source.
On April 20, 2018, 15 students of Class VI, along with their teacher, Ms. Swati Sharma, attended a special story session based on ‘Science Literature’ by Pratham Books at the Nehru Planetarium. It was an amazing experience to learn and explore science in a whole new dimension. Short stories such as ‘Where Does the Sun Go at Night?’ and ‘Where Does Thunder Come From?’ depicting natural phenomenon were presented. This was followed by a question-answer session in which our students actively participated.