A stellar trip to the planetarium by Vydehi School of Excellence

A trip to planetarium is always a fun ride for children, who generally are so keen to explore the world and it’s magic. Structured with great architectural brilliance and a giant screen, a planetarium always makes everyone feel like ‘soap opera stars’. Interestingly, “Vydehi School of Excellence” made their second field trip of the year to the famous Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium on 23rd August. Both the children and teachers were of the same opinion that the time spent in the planetarium was frolicking fun. “Vydehi School of Excellence” has always tried to unleash the true potential of every student by guiding them through creative, non-conventional yet disciplined path and this field trip was just one of those ideas that nourish their world of imagination. The students were on a thrill ride when they saw the planets and the stars popping up on the giant screen of the planetarium. It was a magic world for them!

Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium is one of the famous planetariums in India and is famed for its technical finesse. Planetarium is one of the best ways to introduce science to kids and instill scientific curiosity in them. The trip on 23rd August helped the children of “Vydehi School” to keep pace with what they study in their science books. Before getting into the planetarium, children were guided to a park where they were induced into fun activities and games by teacher. There, they observed “the rolling cylinders” which demonstrate a simple scientific fact. Two cylinders of the same size were allowed to roll down from the top of the incline and the solid one finishes first while the lighter one finishes later. Teachers explained the scientific truth behind it and kids were astonished to know it! It was a peaceful atmosphere out there in the park as children were having a great time, ‘swinging in the park’!

Children saw the medium-sized flex boards that were on the planetarium wall. Even though they were self explanatory, children asked the teachers to enlighten them on those posters. Their design, with pictures of planets on it might have triggered this curiosity in children. Teachers effectively explained that they were about Asteroids and dwarf planets- two small dots in the ‘mystery map’ of space science. Children were amazed to know that asteroids are tiny rocky worlds, spinning around the sun. Teachers believe that such information induced rich imagination in children. “Vydehi School of Excellence” gives great importance to the imaginative potential of children. On the whole, the trip to planetarium was proved very successful, imaginative and truly educational, for both children and teachers.

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