Exploring New Horizons

Exploring New Horizons is an initiative through which all the teachers get a chance to explore something that goes beyond the realms of teaching and yet can be incorporated in our classrooms. Through the years we have been to many places like The Humayun’s Tomb, The Nehru Planetarium etc. This year as part of the annual theme ‘Howdini’- The Magic of how things work, we got a chance to visit the National Science Centre near Pragati Maidan. The place is a treasure trove of simple science experiments that appear magical till you get to know the science behind them. We first explored the wonders of ‘Water- The elixir of life’. We got to know about the Yamuna cleaning project and its effects in keeping the holy river clean. Next we were transported to the Stone Ages where we saw how surgeries took place in ancient times, how people made perfumes and many such things. We learnt about the Brahma’s Disc, how people smelted iron in ancient times and we also learnt the secret behind the iron pillar at Qutub Minar. We learnt about the different monuments. Moving on to the life sciences we had fun doing a lot of experiments like walking on a beam balance while looking in a mirror, going through a mirror maze, learning all about the mysteries of our body and its organ systems and many more such things. Then we entered the world of communications and learnt about how it developed. We saw an old telegraph office, a movie set from the 70’s and the old television sets. They evoked a lot of memories of a bygone era. We also had the opportunity to go to the Jurassic Era and meet some of the dinosaurs that roamed the Earth long before man came into the picture. Lastly there was an informative exhibition about Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel. All in all it was a truly enriching experience and I would love to visit it again though with the luxury of time so that I may explore all the exhibits