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Recent Events - February 2017
Launching of new large format Film titled “Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" in Science Odyssey
The Centre launched a new large format film "Alaska: Spirit of the Wild" on 4th February, 2017 in its Science Odyssey facility. The Chief Guest Ms. Aruna Raje, Eminent Film Director and Editor inaugurated the film. The film transports viewers on a voyage into the last great frontier where nature enchants the eye with magnificent spectacles. Viewers will find themselves fishing with brown bears, soaring with bald eagles, dodging calving glaciers, and racing on the hooves of caribou. About 200 visitors attended the Launching of the film function.

National Productivity Week Celebration:
National Productivity Week was celebrated at Centre during February 12- 18, 2017. The programme was organized in collaboration with National Productivity Council, Mumbai Office. The theme of this year was ‘From Waste to Profit through Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.
A workshop on ‘Best out of Waste’ was organized on 12th February in which 105 students participated. These students made 6  simple science toys from throw-away material.
A popular Science lecture was organized on 15th February on the topic ’From Waste to Profit’. Ms Hemal Ingle from an NGO EARTH5R delivered the lecture. During the lecture she cited the examples of waste been transformed to attractive gift items. Students participated in the game to understand the importance of conserving Biodiversity. Around 350 students and teachers participated in the lecture.
Essay writing contest on the topic ‘Reduce, Recycle, Reuse : The need of the hour’  was organized on 16th February. 38 students from different schools participated in the contest.
Slogan writing contest was organized on 18th February  during the celebration. The topic of the contest was ‘Reduce Waste, Conserve Resources’. 37 students from different schools in Mumbai participated in the contest.
The winners of the contests were awarded with the prizes and trophies  on 28th February, the National Science Day.

Marathi – Malayali  Ethnic Fest 2017    
The Centre organized Marathi - Malayali Ethnic Fest 2017  from 17th to 19th February 2017 in collaboration with All Mumbai Malayali Association (AMMA). During the event following competitions, workshops and special programmes  were organized for the students, teachers & general public.

a) Sit & Draw Competition for Jr. group & Sr. group was organized separately at this centre on 17.02.2017. Altogether 167 students participated from different school in this competition.

b) Quiz on Marathi Malyali Culture was conducted for the students up to 12th Std in the auditorium of the Centre on 18.02.2017. In all 53 students took part and answered verbal round of this quiz.

c) Cartoon Workshop was conducted for High school & Jr, college students. Resource persons from print media guided the students during the workshop and also given opportunity to students to draw the cartoons under their guidance. In all 185 students including parents and teachers took part and benefited by this workshop.

d) As part of the festival, performance of traditional art forms of Kerala & Maharashtra like Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam, Ottanthullal, Marghamkali, Thiruvathirakali, Lavni, Koli dance etc.  were presented by various schools and social groups during evening hours from 17th to 19th February 2017 in the auditorium of the centre.  About 1000 visitors including students and teachers attended the programme and enjoyed the fusion of Marathi Malyali culture.

e) Exhibition on mural paintings was also organized in which some mural paintings were on display and kept open for general visitors during the programme. Finally, the event was concluded with the prize distribution and valediction function where in prizes were awarded to the winners of various competitions organized during the event.

Mumbai Science Film Festival
The Centre organized a Mumbai Science Film Festival during the period 21st -27th February, 2017. During the period the award winning films of the 6th National Science Film Festival were screened. 14 film shows were organised. 1825 students from 14 schools have seen the  shows in the auditorium of the Centre.

Inauguration and Handing over of Science and Innovation Activity Centre, Warnanagar
The Centre was entrusted with the responsibility of developing Science and Innovation Activity Centre (SIAC) at Warnanagar, Tal. Panhala, Dist. Kolhapur for Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission (RGSTC), Govt of Maharashtra.  SIAC was developed with Fun Science gallery and Innovation Activity Centre. The same was handed over to RGSTC on 24th February, 2017. It was further handed over to Shree Warana Shikshan Vibhag Mandal, Warnanagar by RGSTC and was inaugurated and opened to the public on the same day by Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chairman, RGSTC. The programme was presided over by Shri Vinayji Kore(Savkar), Chairman, Shree Warana Industrial and Educational Complex. About 1550 school students, teachers and invitees attended the programme and visited the Centre.

Prize distribution and valediction function of  Inter School Science Quiz Contest   2016-17
The Centre organized Inter school science Quiz in collaboration with Rotary Club of Bombay Pier and Rotary Club of Bombay Queen City for the students of English Medium and Marathi Medium separately. For the year 2016-17, about 193 School Teams from Mumbai Region including Thane, Kalyan and Navi Mumbai area enrolled for the elimination round held on 29th September 2017.  Out of which, 64 English Medium schools and 32 Marathi medium schools were selected to participate in the further rounds of science quiz. 

In all 24 rounds such as pre quarter, quarter finals and the semi finals were conducted before to select four top schools to participate in the finals of this year’s Science Quiz.  The Final round of this Quiz both English & Marathi were conducted on 27th February 2017. Questions based on secondary school curricula of Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics and General Sciences, logical reasoning, scientific aptitude and  current issues in science were asked to the participants. This was followed by valediction & prize distribution function. Shri Madhukar Bhide, Past Director, Rotary International was the Chief Guest of the function and Prizes and certificates were awarded to the winners and trophies for the winning schools by the Chief Guest in presence of presidents &  other dignitaries of the both clubs and Centre.

National Science Day Celebration- 2017
National Science Day was celebrated at the Centre, during 21st - 28th February, 2017 to mark the well-known discovery of a great Indian scientist Sir. C. V. Raman by organizing variety of programmes and competitions for school/college students, teachers and general public. The theme of this year’s National Science Day celebration was “Science and Technology for specially abled persons” The celebration started from 21st  February, 2017 by organizing Science Slogan Writing and Sci-toon contests The topics for the contests were “Science and Technology for specially abled persons “ and “Innovative gadgets for person with disabilities” respectively. 42 students in slogan writing and 45 in sci-toon participated. On 22nd February, 2017, popular science lecture on the topic “Science and Technology to empower people with disabilities” was organized. The lecture was delivered by Mrs. Rekha, Senior Director, ADAPT(Able Disabled all people together). About 250 visitors including students, teachers and general public attended the lecture programme. On 25th February, 2017, lecture cum demonstration on use of RC Planes and Drones for differently abled persons was organized. Mr. Jaidwaj Malhotra of team screw driver gave the demonstration about the building of RC planes and Drones and their utility for doing various tasks of differently abled persons. About 300 visitors attended the lecture cum demonstration programme.The demonstration was followed by interschool written science quiz contest organized on the topic “ Science and Technology” in which 58 students from 12 schools  participated. Sit and Draw contest was conducted on 26th February, 2017 for the students in 3 different categories, i.e. upto 4th Std,  5th to 7th Std and 8th to 10th Std on the topics ‘‘Clean  India, Green India, Gadgets that can help differently abled persons”  and ‘Innovations for persons with disability respectively.  In all 184 students participated in the competition.  On 27th February, 2017 Elocution contest was organized in which 11 students from 11 schools expressed their views on the topic “Science and Technology to empower people with disability”. In addition to all these, other programmes like sky observation, science film festival, and science shows were also organized during the period of celebration. About 1610 visitors participated in science shows and 1560 visitors participated in sky observation programmes 

The event was culminated on 28th February, 2017 by organising Sir C. V. Raman Memorial lecture. Shri Dilip Chabria, Co-Founder, TeamIndus delivered the lecture on “Aspire, Believe, Create”. He also gave away the prizes to the winners of various competition organized during the celebration. About 300 visitors including students, teachers and general public attended the lecture and the valedictory function. The programmes and competitions were catalyzed and supported by the National Council for Science and Technology Communication (NCSTC), Department of Science and Technology, Government of India and Rajiv Gandhi Science and Technology Commission, Government of Maharashtra.

Visit of differently abled students during National Science Day Celebration:
During National Science Day celebration, visit of 24 visually challenged students from NAB workshop for the blind and 22 visually challenged students from Happy Home School Mumbai was organized at the Centre. The students were given exposure to various facilities of the Centre.

Package Tour
During the month, 49 package tours were organized for about 6405 students and teachers. They were given the Guided tour of the galleries, Science Shows and Human Anatomy Shows were also organized.