Mumbai: While high school children looked in amazement, a volunteer nailed a screw into wood using a banana at the annual Frontiers of Science programme held at the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research on Sunday.
The humble fruit had become tough after being dipped in liquid nitrogen. This was just one among the many interesting demonstrations that these lucky students witnessed.
One of the other hits among students was the glass blowing laboratory where glass melted to take the shape of a swan or test tube when exposed to a flame of high temperature. It also needed skilled hands.
As many as 1,700 students from 110 schools across the state attended the day-long programme. While half the schools were from the city, many were also from as far as Palghar, Satara as well as Rajkot in Gujarat.
They were mostly from state board schools of different mediums including Hindi and Marathi. “We have given preference to schools from rural areas,” said Arnab Bhattacharya, a faculty at the institute.
Anusheela Chatterjee, part of the core team said, “We realised that many of the children, especially those from rural areas were looking through a microscope for the first time, they were really excited.”
The programme was meant for students of Class IX and X. “Many of them are going to make a choice of the stream they want to study further. We want them to be motivated to take up science,” she added.
Nandita More, a student of Jijamata Vidya Mandir, Bhandup said, “We think science is difficult. But today I realised it is easy and interesting.”