Now in its third day, the Inter Zonal Science Exhibition lost none of its lustre as the little presenters with their carefully created projects stood ready for the questions of the day. The corridors and classrooms were full of eager budding scientists with parents and grandparents in tow, carefully viewing each project and asking a multitude of questions. Each question, patiently answered, the visitors moved on satisfied and happy to have learnt so much more towards sustainable development and a sustainable future. Not all was spent on the serious stuff as both children and adults excitedly hit the game stalls willing each other to win. There were finger-snacks, Ice cream, Pop-corn and spicy savouries to satisfy the hungry soul.
Anxious teachers and compares, along with the ever eager running feet of our young volunteers, ensured the program of the day was going according to schedule and plan. With a few last minute tweaks in their presentations, the gracious and ever smiling Ms. Lavina and effervescent Ms. Shrutika were going to be our faces for the day with their little anecdotes accompanying every announcement.
As the clock struck the appointed hour, the band struck up their welcome beat as our esteemed and valued guests for the day made their respective entries. To welcome them was the host Principal Sr. Josita Abraham. The elite list included the Honorable Mr. Kapil Patil, Member of the Lok Sabha, The repected Dr. A.M. Bhagwat, retired scientist from BARC and currently Chairman of The Navi Mumbai Science Foundation, The very beautiful Mrs. Gurpreet Kaur Chaddha, film personality, activist for the empowerment of women, politician and film producer, The much loved and respected for his simplicity, Mr. George Abraham, A politician, a Trade Union leader and a friend of the people, Mr. Anil Sable, EI West zone and other dignitaries from the Education Department.
The welcome included a Lezim dance display by the students of K.E.S. High school followed by a visit to the display of the Chandrayaan 2. A visit to the Garden of Hope and its presentation did catch the eye of Dr. A. M. Bhagwat, as did the Wall of Peace. The National Anthem was played and the program shifted to the school hall. A welcome song awaited the guests as the students of St. Charles School sang about the joys of being alive. Some amazing Science facts were shared once again by our Gargi Dhulekar and Nadashri Prasad. An amazingly well choreographed and performed dance by the students of Podar International School took us into the future and announced the need to see the Chandrayaan 3. Some skilled boombox rap titled ‘Sciencerap’ was performed by our very own artists Saamiya Husein, Carol Dmello and Rakshita Acharya. The entertainment done, the dignitaries were escorted to the stage by Sr. Josita and Mrs. Prema Kotian. Chief convenor H ward. Once on stage, the very versatile Mrs. Prema Kotian had a few words of praise for each guest on the dais in the form of poetic verse. Felicitations done, our chief guests shared some words of wisdom and encouragement with the crowd. Mrs. Aleema Momin, principal, National Girls’ High School and Jr. College, then welcomed state awardees Dr. Uma Dhere and the very decorated Mrs. Prema Kotian to be felicitated. The Zonal Flag was then lowered and respectfully passed on to the next hosts of this fantastic event. Mr. Riyaz Khan, principal Mother Teresa High School and Junior college delivered the Vote of thanks.
The much awaited prize distribution followed. Dr. Hutoxi Aibara, Principal, Malati Jayant Dalal School, Santacruz, held the suspense and announced the winners at the district level. Categories were Group Project, Jr. and Sr., Teaching Aids Jr. and Sr., Population Education Jr. and Sr level, Best Ward, Best Lab assistant, Best Organising School, Prize for the Hosting School, The Hon. Shri Kapil Patil prize for the best school and the prize for the Best organisation from the Greater Bombay Science Teachers Association. As do all good things, the event came to an end with the Pasaydan performed by Ms. Nikita and Ms. Shrutika of Mary Immaculate Girls’ High School, Kalina.