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Title: Adding Fizz to Science! Changing Role of Science Museums & Science Centers
Authors: Panda, Jayanarayan
Mohanty, Bikash Ranjan
Issue Date: Feb-2010
Publisher: CSIR
Abstract: Science museums and science centers are helping innumerable masses experience and learn science, often igniting curious minds and unleashing their creativity.
WANT a ride in a spacecraft? Just step into a simulator and you could whiz past planets and stars. Want to know what the dinosaurs looked like? Take a stroll in a dinosaur park with the huge animals making peculiar sounds. And if you want to know how the heart works, just step inside a life-size model of a heart and you get an idea how the blood flows. You can explore and experience all this and much more if you happen to visit any science museum or science center that your city or the nearest city boasts of. Much of the science we read in books is hard to imagine. Think of electrons in an orbit – double helical DNA – tetrahedral carbon atom – silicon chips – nuclear reactors – eight planets – earthquakes – volcanoes – evolution – sea horses – jelly fishes – insectivorous plants… the world is awesome to experience. It becomes extremely difficult to encapsulate the innumerable scientific phenomena and processes in straight-jacketed textbooks. And, much more difficult for students to grasp the complexities associated with such phenomena. Science museums and science centers, however, lend a helping hand, deconstructing complex ideas and explaining them through working models. Science exhibits at such places are unique resources for non-formal education helping develop skills and positive attitudes towards science. They not only give wings to our imagination but also provide a better understanding of the world around us. They are places to discover, explore, and test ideas about the natural world.
Page(s): 8-13
ISSN: 0036-8512
Source:SR Vol.47(02) [February 2010]

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