India’s Longest Running Free Science Exhibition on a Train Now Teaches Kids about Climate Change

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The Science Express, launched in India seven years ago, is a 16-coach air conditioned science exhibition on wheels, travelling through the country. It has captured the fascination of many students and adults over the years. Which is why, till now, it has had over 1.52 crore visitors. So far, it has completed seven phases lasting six to seven months each.

The eighth phase is themed on climate change, and began in October 2015.

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The Science Express Climate Action Special.

Source: Science Express

The Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) flagged off from Delhi on October 15, 2016, with a plan to halt at 64 locations in 20 States, covering 19,800 kilometres. Its focus would be on generating an interest and starting a dialogue with children about climate change, its impact, and how they can help reduce their carbon footprint. 

Out of the 16 coaches, eight are dedicated exclusively to showcasing information and case studies about climate change.

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Inside the coaches.

Source: Science Express

Developed by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), the aim is to give children a holistic sense of understanding about the issue and its solutions.

Coach 8, for instance, introduces the message of ‘Increase your Handprint. Decrease your Footprint’, while giving simple tips on what one can do at home, school, on the streets and more. 

The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) also have exhibitions. In coach 9 and 10, children are exposed to themes of bio-resources and nature conservation, while in coach 11 they learn about inspiring Indian innovations.

Custom built by the Indian Railways for the Department of Science and Technology (DST), the Science Express has even gained six entries in the Limca Book of Records. What’s more, the train is fitted with solar panels on its roof, deriving all its energy from solar power.

While entry into the train is free and open to all, the primary target is on enlightening schoolchildren and teachers.

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Aims to educate children about climate change.

Source: Science Express

Currently, the Science Express is on its way to Ashokapuram (halting between March 30 and April 2), and will go on up to Gandhinagar, Gujarat, till May 7.

Watch what the SECAS is all about here:

To find out more, check out its website.

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