by Perpetual Nazareth
MUMBAI, JULY 24, 2017: Around 300 standard eight students from Don Bosco High School, Matunga, along with their teachers, had a celestial experience on July 20, as they embarked on a star-gazing mission to the Nehru Science Centre, Worli as part of an experience to enjoy the basic principles and marvels of science and technology.
Given that – on July 20, 1969 - Neil Armstrong, had first stepped foot on the moon, the Science centre gave students an interactive show on the moon. The moon was projected on a giant animated 3D earth globe. This globe appeared to be floating in mid-air and even rotated on its axis.
"The show was fascinating. I came to know how the moon was formed, why it is spherical in shape and why it has craters," Craig D'Souza, a student, said. "We saw our planet Earth displayed as a giant 3D sphere. The oceans and our continents all looked so real."
"The information given in science on a sphere, about the moon made the students more curious to learn about our solar system," Nikki Sharma, a teacher, added.
The Science film "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" was also screened and it took the students into the world of cold- where the director explored its rich history, varied wildlife and harsh climate.
The film featured an abundance of Alaskan wildlife including the moose, bears, sea-lions, wolves, caribou and humpbacked whales. The 30 minute film was a perfect example of merging education with entertainment.
"I learnt a lot about the wildlife in Alaska, how they live in hibernation and also how they hunt for their food," Boris Fernandes, a student, said. "The movie on Alaska was an eye opener on how different species are becoming extinct due to global warming," a teacher added.