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Seeking to inculcate scientific temper

Staff Reporter

The training aims to make science exciting


68 science teachers from Ambur, 82 from Tirupattur and 57 from Natrampalli took the training




INSTILLING INTEREST:Science teachers of various government schools undergoing training at Nattrampalli in Vellore District

TIRUPATTUR: Learning science is all set to get more interesting for students of government schools. To develop scientific temper among school students, science teachers of various government schools were trained in how to take science to students in a simple yet exciting fashion.

In a step towards kindling scientific interest among school students, the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training (DTERT) has launched a programme – Science Attitude Development Training. Several teachers from across the State had undergone the State-level training at Chennai from August 16 to 21. Director of DTERT R. Elangovan had conducted the training.

Three spells of training

“After this training, we were directed to conduct three spells of trainings in the respective districts. Accordingly, we have completed the training in Vellore district at various centres. The third spell of training was conducted at three centres including Natrampalli from August 30 to September 2,” said Assistant Headmaster of Government Higher Secondary School at Kaniyambadi, I. Umadevan, who was one of resource persons for physics for the training programme.

Science teachers at Ambur and Tirupattur attended the training programme in the second spell. While 68 science teachers from government schools in Ambur underwent the training, 82 from Tirupattur and 57 from Natrampalli took part in the training, he added.

“The objective of the programme is to develop scientific attitude among students. Teachers who have attended the training will in turn train the other science teachers in their schools. The teachers will then conduct the experiments using simple things in classrooms,” he explained.

In physics, the teachers had hands-on-training in experiments on topics such as force of attraction and repulsion in electrostatics using balloons, straw, glass sheet and tissue paper; simple circuits, series and parallel circuit using LED; producing electricity using lemon and potato with the help of zinc and copper electrodes, Mr. Umadevan said.

Simple and low-cost materials

“These experiments were done using simple low-cost materials which are not from the laboratory. For instance, for zinc, I used the outer case of a used battery, made it one of the electrodes and inserted it in lemon for producing electricity,” he noted.

M. Pichaikaran, PG Assistant of Government Higher Secondary School, Ammunoor, who was one of the resource persons for chemistry, said training on topics as varied as soap preparation, paneer preparation, soda preparation, acid-based beverages, melting and boiling points, solution preparation, evaporation, sublimation, preparation of salt, basic reactions and different types of reaction by using simple experiments were given.

In biology, for which the lecturer of DIET at Ranipet, P. Mani, was the resource person, topics such as plant cell osmosis, food adulteration and finding body mass index were covered.

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