Annual Exhibition, 2022

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The Annual Exhibition was held at The Indian School on 15 October 2022 from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. Spectacular exhibits captured the essence and significance of science, mathematics, language and the social sciences in our daily lives. Eclectic displays on the School theme for the year- ‘Reclaiming our Planet’, showcased the innovative summer vacation assignments and other projects by the students of classes I to XII.

The inauguration ceremony commenced with the rendition of the Ganesh Vandana by the School choir. Principal, Ms Tania Joshi, addressed the gathering that included Vice Principal, Dr Anu Singh, the Vice President of PTA, Ms Tina Kapoor, members of the PTA and parents.

Ms Joshi welcomed the guests and spoke about the importance of having a scientific attitude and how it can help students design and develop something novel. Congratulating the students, Principal wished them luck in their endeavours and released the virtual edition of the annual science magazine Science Musings on this occasion. This in-house publication provides curious minds with an opportunity to further their scientific temper and the spirit of inquiry.

Post the magazine release, Ms Joshi declared the exhibition open. The auditorium housed the science, math and social science projects. The first floor accommodated the holiday homework projects of classes I to V. Ground floor held exhibits for classes VI to XII.

The preparation of the exhibits provided an exhilarating experience for the children, including the improvisations of science kits and devices/ models offering solutions to potential socio-economic problems.

The emotional exhibits told a visual story of the dreams and aspirations of budding scientists, mathematicians, social workers, writers and poets as they embarked on a kaleidoscopic journey of sights and sounds that was engaging, fun and deeply intellectually satisfying.

The five pillars of the academic curriculum: sciences, social sciences, computer science, mathematics and languages came together to spread a magnificent plumage to dazzle the mind.

Many innovative models and investigatory projects in science: the eco brick, biogas plant, water turbine, lava lamp, water harvesting system, water cycle, pollution catcher, herbal mosquito repellent, different types of houses, modes of transport, the action of saliva on starch, a blue bottle experiment and making edible plastic were on display. The hydraulic track exhibit showed how the principles of hydraulics can reduce the amount of traffic on the road, while the electromagnetic catapult used the principle of electromagnetic induction to throw objects like the catapult.

Other exhibits included a live demonstration of the process of respiration in human beings, the concept of surface tension in water, phases of the Moon and the occurrence of Solar and Lunar eclipses; a working model of a bio speed breaker, genomic medicine, brain power, bacteriophage, the symbiotic association between bacteria and fungi, ultrasonic levitator, etc.

Extraction of Capsaicin from green chillies, testing the presence of adulterants in spices, and the effect of heat on Vitamin C in tomatoes were the highlights of the chemistry section. The young experimenters tested the presence of sulfate and parabens in various cosmetics and talked about their effects. Another display showed the formation of differently shaped crystals using different compounds.

The remaining exhibits described the chemistry behind the fermentation of different juices, forensic science and auxins in plants and fun-filled activities to help understand the types of reactions that occur in natural phenomena.

The computer science department showcased innovative mobile applications like Save water, Air quality check, Reuse and Recycle, and Abacus Robot with environment advice through fancy dress. The students also displayed different projects and applications such as an Automatic dustbin, Code art, Line following robot, Imaginate heartily, Random story generator, QR code maker, Language translator and Environment data analysis.

There was a separate gaming zone where students displayed various games based on Reclaiming our planet: smoke bomber, plant a sapling, snake game, save endangered species and plant more trees were some games played by the parents and the students.

In the vibrant social sciences department, history enthusiasts highlighted the sub-theme Towards Sustainability by tracing the chronology of sustainability. The exhibits covered natural dye stamps, recreations of sustainable items from ancient, medieval and modern times for example Mesopotamian pottery and clay tablets, beauty products like Multani mitti, henna and Haldi, bamboo brushes and neem combs and sustainable products like jute folders, jute bags Gujrati and Rajasthani cloth prints, spices and fossils, etc. The popular ‘Get your Egyptian name’ saw much footfall as the visitors thronged to get the Egyptian Hieroglyph of their names on coffee-dyed paper resembling the papyrus in Egypt. 

The geographers put forth working models of how renewable sources like the wind can help in the generation of electricity, smart cities, solar panels and floor cleaners made with eco-friendly bio-enzymes, water straws made from coconut husk, utilisation of AC water, cross osmotic condensers, plastic money from plastic waste, and repurposed plastic division walls: made out of single-use plastic. Other products included organisers, coasters, candles, planters, bookmarks, earrings, etc.

The eco-commerce stall taught lessons in costs and profits. The non-fire cooking hobby students set up a food stall that catered to tastes from jaljeera, bhelpuri, coconut laddoos, fruit cream, and oreo cakes to macaroni salad. Students learnt social skills, marketing, cash handling and being responsible citizens as they took care of hygiene, asked about individual preferences while serving and made a neat profit for the purpose of donation.

The young followers of political science conducted a quiz on general awareness and the latest news updates. All the participants received a scorecard and a smiley.

The mathematics -Intersections demonstrated with elan the confluence of mathematical concepts and real life in the diligently prepared exhibits by the students.

The wide-ranging displays included integrating math with art, the addition machine, abacus, animals made from shapes, Tangram, creating number bonds using an egg tray and Mosaic art using shapes.

Students explained working models with the help of a multiplication wheel game, pirates of fraction, and math magic square was especially loved and enjoyed by all.

Some of the outstanding exhibits were polyhedron lanterns, quadrilateral Robert puppets, a three-dimensional Pythagorean tree, cubism and Picasso-saving forests, upcycling, and toys with trash-flexagons and radial symmetry art and geometric sculptures and beautiful castles using 3-D geometrical shapes.

The senior students presented models based on flex triangles, coordinate geometry, desk organisers, well embankments, and transforming circles. Unique attractions included digital lockers, a scintillating cube illustrating the concepts of ellipses, and a water purification model made with dry ice that inculcated STEM concepts.

The Diwali Mela set up on the basketball court by the middle school was an added attraction for food and games.

The English department displayed art-integrated learning projects to showcase students’ creativity and artistic abilities. These included scrapbooks on the history and origin of typography; eco-comics on climate change with fictional green superheroes; attractively designed and captioned picture books and collages on Covid 19 lockdown and their favourite collectables, respectively. Also on display were book jackets, self-composed poems and short stories. Mellifluous voices echoed green anthems to spread awareness about the need for a greener planet. There were several literary and grammar games based on nouns and tenses, word scrabble and matching the literary giants with their pictures quiz, etc. The energetic presentation on Kalpana Chawla and her mission in space had the visitors riveted.

The artistically and aesthetically curated anthologies of creative writings, the Egyptian masks, posters on ‘Reclaiming my planet’ and 3-D models of a yacht and the caged tiger offered a panoramic view of the integration of art and other disciplines with English. A glaring example was the popular mental health corner with a suggested reading list of self-help and classic books to spread awareness about this oft-neglected topic. Street plays by the senior( A Cry for Help) and primary students(A Cloud of Trash) sent powerful messages towards creating a sustainable society.

Other exhibits included best -out- of waste -piggy bank, a scrapbook on the 3 R’s- REDUCE, REUSE and RECYCLE, an environmental dictionary, an emoji explosion box, the Green Express- A children’s newspaper using recycled or unused paper and dialogue writing, a conversation between Earth, and any other planet of the solar system.

The Hindi department showcased vibrant activities and summer projects from Shabd Nirman Khidki, Bujho Toh Jaane, Hindi poem recitation-Hum Sabki Duniya Ek and Mn Toh Tumhara bhi Karta Hoga….., a Hindi word ludo game. The plays Bolti Gufa, Gandhiji, the kathputli show and nukkad natak on sustainable development garnered much appreciation.

The children displayed slogans and poems on the mats made from waste material, book covers, etcetera. They also spoke about Poshan Month, various species of medicinal herbs and ancient and modern means of communication.

The Sanskrit section mesmerized the visitors with impeccable recitations of Sanskrit shlokas and vachans on nature, posters about the names of fruits, household materials, Panchatantra stories and Digital Bharat. The students also presented the religious, social and spiritual significance of Neem, peepal and bargad, and water conservation methods in Sanskrit.

The French language enthusiasts blended art into their learning with magnificent models of the Eiffel Tower, Triomphe De Arc, posters, banners and creative writing.

Thus, the exhibition had all phases and grades of dignity, from the science and math exhibits to the exposition of the highest art in social sciences and literary genres that secured a forum for the gifted students to showcase their latent creativities and scientific abilities.

This exhibition was not the conclusion but the beginning of our learners’ process of experimentation with scientific laws, theories and concepts. It is hoped that it translates into a never-ending process that lasts a lifetime.  

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