Science is not just a subject in textbooks; it’s a realm of discovery, innovation, and endless curiosity. Acknowledging this philosophy, The Khaitan School orchestrated a captivating visit to the National Science Centre on August 9th, 2023, for its enthusiastic 8th-grade students. The highlight of the day was an engaging “Hands-on Session on Reaction Cars,” an experience that not only expanded their scientific knowledge but also ignited their passion for innovation.
The event kicked off with a compelling introduction to the concept of innovation. A sense of awe and wonder filled the air as the students were exposed to the brilliant minds that have shaped our world through innovative ideas and groundbreaking discoveries. The power of science and technology was made evident through a series of captivating videos, which served as a motivating force for the students, urging them to dream big and aspire to become the future innovators themselves.
The heart of the session was the “Reaction Cars” workshop, where the students had the opportunity to put theory into practice. Armed with kits and guided by skilled instructors, the students delved into the mechanics of Newton’s Third Law of Motion. The students were paired up, fostering a sense of collaboration and teamwork, and provided with the tools needed to construct their own model cars.
The atmosphere was electric with excitement and curiosity as the students dived into assembling their cars. Hands-on learning is a powerful way to internalize complex scientific concepts, and the students were fully immersed in the process. As they meticulously followed instructions, connected components, and troubleshooted challenges, they were simultaneously absorbing scientific principles that will stay with them for a lifetime.
One of the key takeaways from the session was the practical application of Newton’s Third Law. Students were able to witness firsthand how every action has an equal and opposite reaction, a concept often confined to textbooks until this immersive experience brought it to life. The thrill of seeing their cars zoom forward in response to the reaction they had set in motion was a magical moment that bridged the gap between theory and reality.
The session wasn’t just about assembling cars; it was an experiential journey that encouraged critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Beyond the technical skills acquired, the students also imbibed valuable life lessons such as patience, perseverance, and the joy of discovery.
As the session concluded, the students left with a sense of accomplishment and wonder. They had not just witnessed science in action but had actively participated in it. The visit to the National Science Centre had transformed their perception of science from something abstract and distant to an exciting adventure waiting to be explored.